Skip to main content

Interim U.S. Senator William
Mo Cowan speaks after being introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick (L)
With John Kerry now confirmed as secretary of state, Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick has selected his former chief of staff, Mo Cowan, to serve as Massachusetts' interim senator until a replacement is chosen in a special election in June. Cowan is a well-connected attorney who worked for Patrick for many years before returning to the private sector last November. He will become the second African American member of the Senate, along with Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this month. (This is the first time in American history that two black senators have served simultaneously.)

Many progressives had hoped Patrick might select ex-Rep. Barney Frank, who had openly lobbied for the job. But while Frank's personal advocacy may have displeased Patrick, I suspect he was more interested in appointing someone he had a personal relationship of trust with. What's more, Patrick had the opportunity to appoint someone young and who was, frankly, not another white guy career politician, and so he understandably seized it. In any event, Cowan said he would not run in the special (even though he is allowed to by law), saying that he is not a "candidate today or any time in the future." However, he's only 43 years old, so that's the kind of thing that could always change.

Meanwhile, PPP is out with their first poll of the election to succeed Kerry. In short, it contradicts all the Tom Menino-style anti-progressive "conventional wisdom" that seems to have congealed about this race. Not only is Ed Markey a stronger candidate against Scott Brown than Stephen Lynch, he also crushes Lynch in a hypothetical Democratic primary. Here are the numbers:

Brown: 48
Markey: 45

Brown: 48
Lynch: 39

Markey: 52
Lynch: 19
While Brown retains a 50-43 favorability rating, Markey has better numbers than Lynch, 38-35 versus 26-31, which helps explain the difference in their performance. Among Democrats, though, Markey really crushes, with a 58-13 score versus an underwater 27-28 for Lynch. That's a pretty lousy place to be with members of your own party, and while I'm sure his internal polling shows something different, Lynch may want to pause and seriously reconsider whether he wants to go this route.

As for the general election, Tom Jensen points out that the undecideds in the Brown-Markey matchup voted for Elizabeth Warren by a 69-17 margin last year. That means that while Brown is close to 50 percent, actually getting there will be a serious slog. Indeed, that's why many observers think Brown's better bet is the 2014 governor's race, which PPP also polled. Here's how Brown stacks up against some possible Democratic contenders:

• 48-37 vs. state Treasurer Steve Grossman

• 49-32 vs. former Medicare administrator Don Berwick

• 49-32 vs. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz

I'm surprised, though, that Jensen describes Brown as a "pretty strong favorite" in a hypothetical gubernatorial contest, seeing as he's still stuck just shy of 50 percent, much as he is in the Senate head-to-heads. And even the best-known Democrat, Grossman, is still unknown to over half of all respondents (by contrast, as I alluded above, Markey's name is unfamiliar to only a quarter). So I think this would be a difficult race for Brown as well. Easier, perhaps, and if he's going to run for office at all, I'd prefer it be for governor so as not to put this Senate seat at risk, but ultimately, this is still Massachusetts and recreating what happened to Brown in the 2010 special will be no easy feat.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Lynch's impending candidacy (17+ / 0-)

    just got me interested in Markey in a big way. I can't think of a Massachusetts Democrat I'd like to see in the Senate less than Lynch.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:47:26 PM PST

    •  Agree. People must know Lynch is anti Choice (6+ / 0-)

      and abortion rights and women's healthcare has been on the line more and more.

      Women in MA will not vote for Lynch once this is more widely known.

      Sure sometimes he votes ok on this issue. But he isnt' trustworthy on it.

      There is no reason to vote for him.
      Maybe if he's in and there's a primary it will help hone Markey's skills and help raise some money.

      •  As long as (3+ / 0-)

        it doesn't cause a problem for the general. It leaves only about 7 weeks from primary to general.

        He's not only anti-choice. He voted against Obamacare. He's the only Mass. Rep. not to sign a brief against DOMA. In fact, Lynch (who now claims to be pro-same-sex-marriage) won office for the first time as an anti-gay demagogue about the St. Patrick's Day parade. He challenged an incumbent in a primary and ran on that issue as the "conservative candidate" (his term).

        His other claim to fame at the time was having represented, pro bono, a group of white hoodlums who'd been harassing a Latino kid and his girlfriend for months in the projects.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:32:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I always disliked him though I didn't know (3+ / 0-)

          the details why

          He is to socially conservative for MA. Many MA REpublicans, even, are to the left of him.

        •  I didn't know all that (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          fenway49

          but, wow, no way. I'm not one to get too involved in elections, generally just giving money, but I may just be induced to play a different role in this election. The thought of Brown back in renders me apoplectic and I'm also disinclined to elect some non-progressive Dem who describes himself in any way as "conservative". This is not a time to send anyone not equal to the tasks facing us in the next few years.

          Ah! Just hearing Rachel cover this story and who would be a better candidate, Markey or Lynch.

          "If you think you have it tough, read history books." Bill Maher

          by berkshireblue on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:40:21 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Brown would be an idiot to not run for governor (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vatexia, fenway49, litho

    His odds of winning the gubernational are very good, and as PPP shows, he starts out with a very narrow lead over Markey(who will crush Lynch like a bug if that weasel enters.   Hope Lynch gets successfully primaried in 2014 if he enters).

    Disappointed in the choice of Cowan.   He would vote for austerity if Reid tells him to.   If Cowan runs for governor in 2014, I will hold any austerity vote against him.

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:50:19 PM PST

    •  Markey is an excellent campaigner (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      pistolSO, immigradvocate, litho

      And very popular in his district. He also has decent name recognition, already, despite not having run for a statewide office recently (unlike Brown).

      I can't imagine Brown winning against Markey.

      •  I live in his district (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        immigradvocate, AUBoy2007, jplanner

        and really like him. But I'm not sure if he's an "excellent campaigner". He's never had a serious challenger as far as I know.

        (Not saying he isn't... just I don't know if he is.)

        Barack Obama for President

        by looty on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:13:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Is he? (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jplanner, radical simplicity

        From what I a reading, he doesn't even face much, if any opposition.

        •  He is one of those people who quietly works the (4+ / 0-)

          ... machine. He has spent decades doing the down & dirty boring stuff of party building. The most committed voters - aka the ones who turn out in off-year elections - tend to be those who volunteer for the party in some manner or another. Among them, he will be a familiar, friendly face.

          He specializes in the "retail" politics of face-to-face campaigning. He wins by insane margins not just because his district is solidly blue, but because he's the kind of old school politician who quietly gets things done for constituents.

          He has also hired a kick-ass campaign manager: Sarah Benzing, who managed the campaigns of Sherrod Brown and Kirsten Gillibrand. He knows it's a high stakes race, and he's an "outsider" relative to Brown, who has a great deal of name recognition.

          I also think Brown is such damaged goods after his campaign's racism was made brutally obvious by his Tomahawk-gesturing staff, he really has no chance. I'm not worried about this race - because I know Markey is serious, and he's not going to pull a Coakley by phoning it in.

          •  Also praise for (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            radical simplicity

            Carl Nilsson, who will run his grassroots efforts.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:19:15 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  a lot of people don' t know him it seems to me (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        radical simplicity

        anecdotally.

        In fact no one I talked to had more than a vague idea who he was. Ive been asking most people I come in contact with (Boston area) since I heard he was running (Because I did not know who he was!) and less than half say  they "heard" of him, but they don't know him really...very common is "isnt' he a US Rep"?

        You may be more informed than most people or travel in different circles (perhaps more educated/politically aware?)

        Brown of course has 100% name recognition and direhard supporters largely midstate.

        •  But that leaves only upside (0+ / 0-)

          for Markey at this point. He will become known by all as the campaign goes on. I think enthusiasm for him among the Dem base can only be helped by Lynch's entry. Hell, it got me off the couch.

          My major concern remains turnout in a special election, which will not approach presidential-year turnout. But PPP has Brown up only 3, with a quarter of respondents not familiar with Markey and the undecided being Warren supporters by 4-1. All that is good at this stage.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:23:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Losing an election by eight points (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        oh yay another commenter

        isn't exactly something you want to put on your resume...

        I think he's toast in Massachusetts, even for governor.

        When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

        by litho on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:50:28 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  it means less in MA if a Rep looses by 8% (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Shrew in Shrewsbury, fenway49

          though, keep in mind. Even though he was an incumbant the last election had many variables unusually strongly anti Republican that will not be there in the next election.

          One being it was a Presidential election, another being that the incumbant PResident was a Dem, which boosted Dem turnout. And turnout was a record for MA -73%! (proud of that!)...which we know favors Dems.

          Finally the Dem he was running against had unusual national star power that neither Markey or Lynch has. It attracted money and national support and also the attention of innatentive nonpolitical voters in a postive way.I don't know how Markey debates but Warren was brilliant and passionate and also respectful and very likeable. She blew Brown away in the debates

          Also remember to contrast the 8% loss, Romney and McCain lost by 25% or so...the usual amt Reps loose in MA.

          Given it all it wasn't as bad as it seems for Brown especially as how it bodes for the next election. True though having lost isn't the best resume material.

          Saying he's toast in MA, I'd say you aren't from here. He has a ton of ardent support mid  state. MEN voted for him by 58%...IT WAS WOMEN WHO PUT WARREN OVER the top since MA has been oddly behind the times...she's our first woman Senator and we have had NO women elected Governor.

          Markey obviously won't have that.

          •  Markey (0+ / 0-)

            may do fine with women because the GOP brand is crap for most women right now. But perhaps not quite as well as Warren.

            I tend more toward your view because turnout will be nothing like 2012. I think Brown would be formidable in a special election. Not toast at all. But the small towns of Worcester County are not the whole state, and their combined population is fairly small. He's neither a shoo-in nor toast. It would be a tough fight.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:28:31 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  Amazing to think a statewide election in MA (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      oh yay another commenter

      of all places could put someone like Scott Brown in the catbird seat. When something like that is not only possible but even likely, you realize how remote national sanity is.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:10:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Coakley did it to us here (3+ / 0-)

        the press stupidly said the election was in the bag. That infuriated most voters, including myself, and made us look at Brown again.
        I wonder if some people didn't even realize he was a Rep.. He said "an independant" voice in his ad and he ran in all ways but officially as an independent.

        Coakley acted entitled and that and the "shoe-in" press coverage basically dared people not to vote for her.

        Believe me, they were voting against her, not for him. ANd they had their head in the sand thinking to locally not remembering that in MA once you let someone be an incumbant it is hard to get them out of office. They were short sighted.

        I am a middle of the road Dem/liberal (I took a test online!) and even I looked at Brown very briefly when Coakley said some really entitled stupid things. I just had the self control to hold my nose and vote for her anyway.

        She has done our country a world of harm and I wonder if she really gets it.

    •  Patrick just handed the next election to the GOP. (0+ / 0-)

      This appointment reeks of cronyism, because it is cronyism.

      "Hey, that Mo Cowan would make a great US Senator!" - said no one, ever.

      "Your opponent can't talk when he has your fist in his mouth." - Bill Clinton

      by MethuenProgressive on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:12:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  the main thing missing for Brown (9+ / 0-)

    this time...is the element of surprise. Brown took advantage of a lackluster campaign during a very short timeframe, to suddenly come on strong. By the time Coakley and her campaign was aware of what was happening, it was over, the race was pretty much over.

    While it's disappointing that any Democrat would be losing to Brown in a hypothetical matchup, the fact that Markey is only down three points to start the campaign, when Brown has much better statewide name recognition, is a good sign to me. Being down three points is within the poll's margin of error, meaning that, at least according to this poll, the race starts out even.

    ...and...what's with the reference to Menino? Is he threatening to support Brown over the Democrat?

  •  It is like the Democrats... (5+ / 0-)

    ...want to be the minority party in both the house and the Senate.  They seem to be doing everything they can to minimize the power they have.  That way they can whine about the Republicans while not getting anything done that actually helps their base.  Man I am getting cynical.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:59:28 PM PST

  •  Seems reasonable to appoint (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action, stagemom

    somebody who doesn't want the job thereby ensuring that the electoral playing field will be more or less level.

    Otherwise things could have gotten rather nasty . ..

    •  The governor (11+ / 0-)

      made clear that he wouldn't appoint someone running in the special election, on the theory that you can't run for the seat and get up to speed as an effective new Senator at the same time. The appointee will be there only 5 months.

      But Barney Frank made equally clear he wanted the short-term Senate gig. He ran the House Finance Committee, knows his way around the Capitol, and has no political tomorrow to worry about. He would have been great on budget issues.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:13:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  IMO Frank made a mistake (8+ / 0-)

        by going public with his request. No governor wants to be seen as simply doing favors for a Congressman.

        Which is too bad as he probably would have made a decent temporary senator.

        Barack Obama for President

        by looty on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:16:44 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Too bad (5+ / 0-)

          it's not considered as shameful to be seen as doing favors for a crony.  I'm seriously disgusted that my governor has seen fit to use the office to reward someone who has personal connections with him.

          I've lost my faith in nihilism

          by grumpynerd on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:32:21 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I don't think he did it for that reason (0+ / 0-)

            as a reward.
            I think he wants to have a very close working relatinship with said Senator so that he has input and some control over MA priorities in the Senate right now.

            Patrick is competant. He has shown it. He has his priorities straight. Although I have some initial learyness (mostly because the guy has no experience on the Hill), I will reserve judgement for now.

            Patrick has been a very good Governor. I have felt good being in his hands as a constituent. He's smart and thoughtful and down to earth and reasonable.

        •  He went public, I'm sure (5+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Adam B, NeverThere, fenway49, jplanner, jncca

          because the initial meeting with the gov probably went bad.  It was his way of pressuring the gov to take his candidacy seriously.

          You may have noticed Frank shut his piehole pretty quick when the initial blowback indicated the gov didn't take kindly to public pressure.

          When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

          by litho on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:54:54 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Isn't it crazy (2+ / 0-)

          that it's considered bad form to express why you want the job and articulate your qualifications.  I'd like to know why Cowan thinks he's the best person for the job.

        •  I agree, mistake, over-reach (0+ / 0-)

          I think Patrick wanted someone he could work closely with vis a vis priorities for our state.
          I'm not thrilled that the guy has no experience on the hill though. Kirk, the prior interum Senator, had worked with Ted Kennedy there for years and was saying today that even for him there was a HUGE learning curve.

          It was too tantilizing I think for Patrick to give this to an African American and someone who's pretty young. Good way to make name recognition but also a BFD (Big--Deal) to have the second African American Senator from MA and to have TWO African American Senators at once in the Senate which hasn't ever happened as far as I know.

          I usually trust Patrick's sound judgement so hopefully this guy is as much a star as he seems and can make that "steep learning curve" work

      •  And if he'd lobbied quietly... (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Sharoney, LaurenMonica

        that might have happened, because all the reasons you stated are true.  But much as I love me some Barney Frank, he very publically tried to box Deval Patrick into a corner.  If he'd picked Frank, it would weaken him politically.  Granted, he's not running for re-election, but if it looked like he took orders from Barney Frank, he'd be a lame duck starting today.

        Don't be humble. You're not that great. - Golda Meir

        by MKDanaher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:21:20 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I get the sense (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          oh yay another commenter

          that Patrick's really lobbying for a really nice post-guv job in the private sector, for which he'll pick Cowan as his top lieutenant. This is to give him enough time in the senate to make both more effective lobbyists. Otherwise, I don't see how this helps Dems a bit, both in the interim, and to keep this seat. Scott Brown is a very happy many today. Karl Rove too.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:37:52 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Patrick has no need to really lobby private sector (0+ / 0-)
            After graduating Harvard Law he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner at the age of 34. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct. Patrick returned to Boston in 1997 to work in private law. In the following years he worked as general counsel for Texaco in New York City and Coca-Cola in Atlanta, which were both facing large racial discrimination settlements.
            wiki/deval patrick

            Local inside baseball is that Patrick wanted someone who would for the state's local priorities across a range of issues [like fishing grounds], as  he could be confident that  Senior Senator Warren had a grasp of the Democratic partys national priorities.

            "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

            by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:28:36 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  In just than 5 months, without experience (2+ / 0-)

              at the congressional level? He's going to be--hopefully--a reliable Dem vote. That's IT. There's no reason to expect him to be able to offer any more meaningful help in so short a time. He hasn't the connections, clout or inside knowledge to be able to represent MA's interests this soon. Even Warren entered the job with several years of experience working congress and close ties to many of its members, along with the WH. What does Cowen have?

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:17:36 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Also (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              oh yay another commenter

              Unsurprising but still disappointing that yet another "progressive" Dem has shilled for scummy corporations to add another zero to their income and wealth. Even Obama, who's surrounded himself with them, hasn't done that.

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:19:56 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

      •  Agree (6+ / 0-)

        I'm sure Mr. Cowan is a good man, but if all you need is a short-term placeholder, why not go with the guy who has an unmatched level of budget expertise at a time when most of the conversation will be about fiscal issues? If Cowan were a friend of Governor Patrick's who also wanted the job, fine. But he doesn't want to be Senator long term, so what's the point?

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:24:46 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Patrick might have felt that BF (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          BlueStateRedhead

          would be such a incendiary choice it would be a distraction from the concrete needs of our state for five months. He'd get a ton of press and attention and involve self in national issues and then leave. Patrick might have had some solid reasons.

          I like though that instead of judging and condeming Patrick outright that you instead unlike some others ask questions. I have questions similarly..

          But I also trust Patrick very much. Not blindly but he's been a very good Gov in my estimation. He deserves at least from me to be open minded and reserve judgement.

          Patrick is brilliant and nuanced there may very well be reasons. He did meet privately with Barney Frank and reportedly it didn't go that well. It may be that Patrick's priorities for our state that need to be manifested by that interum Senate role do not align with what BF would want to do.

          I know that Patrick keeps the big picture in mind also.

          So I will wait and see

    •  I'm almost tempted to read this comment (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bryduck, Willinois, Words In Action

      as snark, as I don't see how this helps Dems now or in the special election.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:38:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Frank also said he wouldn't run. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      masslib, Palafox, MethuenProgressive

      And he was the supeiror choice in the interim.  Deval Patrick did the Democratic Party a terrible disservice today.

  •  What a waste to appoint somebody... (8+ / 0-)

    who has no future political aspirations.  So Mr. Cowan plans to use his life long title for private sector "benefits".

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:15:29 PM PST

    •  Whatever I might have thought of Patrick before (7+ / 0-)

      I think even less of him now. He's a self-interested hack who could care about the party's interests who just signaled what he intends to do post-politics--get a fat salary job in the private sector. Another Rendell, basically.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:32:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  he's my governor and I disagree (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        BlueStateRedhead, askew

        especially the self interested part

        •  He picked a crony (2+ / 0-)

          Not the best person for the job. That says all to me. This is like Jackson picking Van Buren, only without the political skills at this level.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:14:27 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  we aren't necessarily in the best position (0+ / 0-)

            with all the information to decide who is the best person for the job. That's what I think, and it's fine we disagree

            It might look like he picked his friend "crony". But there might be more to it. I don't feel we have enough info to judge yet.

            •  We never have enough info to decide on (0+ / 0-)

              I just don't see what the advantage is to MA or the party is by picking him over Frank. Do MA election laws prohibit picking someone who will run in the special election, or the person picked from running in them?

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:40:27 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Law does not prohibit it (0+ / 0-)

                But Patrick made clear he didn't want to appoint someone who would run. He did the same in 2009. His take is that you can't get up to speed and represent the Commonwealth effectively in DC while you're running in a special election.

                Fair enough. But Frank and others made clear they would not run if appointed to the interim position. Nothing legal to prevent going back on that, but Frank was pretty clear he would not run and only wanted to do it to influence the budget stuff this year.

                Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:38:45 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Again, I don't see what value Cowan brings (1+ / 0-)
                  Recommended by:
                  fenway49

                  to Dems or MA, as opposed to Frank or another Dem with lots of congressional experience and clout. It was a safe but dumb appointment IMO.

                  "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                  by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:00:16 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Right, I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
                    Recommended by:
                    kovie

                    I am seeing people defend the pick because Cowan won't be running in the special. My point is that Frank also pledged not to run in the special, and indeed endorsed Markey to prove the point. At which point Markey, like Warren, said Frank would be a great interim senator.

                    I was just responding to the question about what the law requires. And not running in the special is a Deval Patrick condition, not a Massachusetts law condition.

                    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                    by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:04:21 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  This was a dick move by Patrick as I see it (0+ / 0-)

                      If Warren and Markey preferred Frank, given who Frank is, he should have picked Frank. I don't know why Patrick did this, but it wasn't to help the party, country or MA. Perhaps there's some inside baseball stuff here we don't know about (yet). Perhaps someone high up hates Frank, like Reid or Obama or Lew.

                      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                      by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:08:03 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

      •  He has his savings from the private sector, surely (0+ / 0-)

        See the bio details.  This thread is really rich in information for mass voters who want to prepare to defeat Lynch. If you can help us out with what you know, that would great.

        "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

        by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:32:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm less interested in defeating anyone (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          oh yay another commenter

          than in getting a progressive Dem elected to this seat, and having someone who actually knows their way around congress in this seat in the interim. I don't see how this pick helps in either respect.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:13:30 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Cowan is a done deal (0+ / 0-)

            He's in. But if you care about a progressive Dem winning the special, you need to care about defeating Steve Lynch. He is no progressive.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:40:06 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I like Markey (0+ / 0-)

              Don't know enough about Lynch. I was just hoping for a non-placeholder who might actually help get a thing or two done in the interim.

              "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

              by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:02:08 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Lynch (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                kovie

                OK on some issues. Tight with some labor (hardhats more than, say, SEIU). But:

                -Anti-choice
                -Voted against Obamacare
                -Pro-Iraq war
                -Hardliner on drug war
                -Big gun rights guy until recently
                -Won his first office in 1994 by siding with South Boston conservatives who cancelled the St. Patrick's Day parade rather than allow a gay group to march as required by state law. He ran in a primary against an incumbent from the right, using that issue as a wedge. He also became a neighborhood legend in 1994 for defending, pro bono, a bunch of white thugs who were charged with hate crimes for continued harassment of a Latino guy in their project, because he thought they were getting a raw deal.

                In 2001 he won a primary to replace the late Rep. Joe Moakley by running as most conservative in the field.

                Lynch now says he's OK with same-sex marriage but he voted consistently for anti-gay bills in the state legislature. Even now, he's the only member of the Mass. delegation who won't sign a brief against DOMA. He's the classic conservadem, especially on social issues.

                Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:14:39 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Need I guess where he stood on bussing (0+ / 0-)

                  in the 70's and 80's?

                  "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                  by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:25:24 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  He was only 19 (0+ / 0-)

                    when the decision came down. His family goes way back in South Boston, as did mine before getting out, and he went to Southie High, graduating the year before the integration order. I don't know anything about his views on that, but  but he's made his career with that crowd.  

                    He is a hard, hard worker. He became an ironworker, was president of his union in his late 20s, and put himself through two graduate degrees on the side. Votes fine on plenty of issues, but still comes from the wrong side of the Democratic fence for me.

                    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                    by fenway49 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:02:09 AM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  I recall the issue being huge in Boston (1+ / 0-)
                      Recommended by:
                      fenway49

                      for years after the ruling, and based on what you've told me about Lynch, it seemed likely that his core constituency was very anti-busing.

                      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                      by kovie on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:22:16 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
                        Recommended by:
                        kovie

                        I'd say so. I have no idea of his personal views, though anyone can speculate. It's undeniable he made his career pretty much pandering to that crowd, though not on that issue since he didn't run for anything until 20 years after the decision.

                        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                        by fenway49 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:07:41 AM PST

                        [ Parent ]

    •  he has no immediate aspirations. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      itskevin

      What else would he say today?

    •  Cowan was a leading Boston lawyer already (0+ / 0-)

      William “Mo” Cowan, L’94

      Mo Cowan is a former member of the litigation section at the Boston-based law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glosky & Popeo PC. He has been named a “Top 5% Massachusetts litigator” by Law and Politics magazine and a “40 Under 40” business leader by Boston Business Journal. He is the former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and a current member of the Northeastern University Corporation.
      His coop work in law school was with the North Carolina Prison Legal Services in Raleigh, North Carolina.

      Perhaps he is not so selfinterested after all?

      Mo Cowan bio

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:38:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Lawrence is going to be AWKWARD tonight. (4+ / 0-)

    However, I thought his booking on Lawrence was an "I'm not picking Frank" statement.  What better way to reach angry, national Democrats who wanted Rep. Frank?

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:23:38 PM PST

  •  Well, if Lynch wins (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MKDanaher, chuckvw, fenway49

    the primary, count me as a no-vote in the general, and my wife, who is more liberal than I am, will vote for Brown.

    I do not see Massachusetts electing an anti-choice Senator of Governor, period.

  •  If Barney wants a new job (5+ / 0-)

    I'd love to see him run for Governor...just because watching him wipe the floor with Scott Brown in the debates would be some cracklin' good tee-vee ;-)

    Don't be humble. You're not that great. - Golda Meir

    by MKDanaher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:27:45 PM PST

  •  I'm mystified as to ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    chuckvw

    ... how Brown manages 50-percent likability in Massachusetts.

    I also think the governor should have set aside the symbolic gesture and put in an experienced congressman who could be up and effective with almost no transition.

    •  unlike other GOPers you see in the media. . . (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DownProspectHill, jplanner, fenway49

      He isn't an idiot(NB-he may not be intelligent but he isn't an idiot), He actually tries to portray the nice guy image.
      He would be the prototype of a typical MA townie, slightly Blue Collar someone you could talk to at town meeting.  You agree on some issues, disagree on others but you don't find his position outlandish.

      Unlike Mitt Romney who doesn't have that likability.
      Something that rest of the GOP would be wise to remember.
      His nice guy image took a hit with whole Brown-Native American campaign angle though we will see if that wound was permanent.

  •  WTF?!? (6+ / 0-)

    While it's certainly nice to see the number of black senators double in number with this appointment, given that Cowan doesn't appear to be interested in this job long-term, how does this make sense and not effectively differ from the appointment of Ray Burris to fill Obama's vacated seat in 2008 (which eventually went to a Repub, Mark Kirk, in large part because Burris was an underqualified political appointee who had no intention or chance of winning that seat outright, instead of someone well-known and qualified enough to have a chance let alone interest in winning that seat)?

    On what planet does this appointment make sense? Frank is a longtime insider who knows how congress works. Same thing for Markey and Lynch. Cowan is a placeholder who will not help Dems keep this seat OR get things done in the interim. Pretty gutless and stupid move on Patrick's part IMO.

    Jeez, even Martha Coakley would have been a better choice.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:30:39 PM PST

    •  Burris wasn't underqualified (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      abgin

      He was a former state AG and Comptroller. A pretty good profile for an elder statesman seat filler. Egotistical, yes, but not unqualified.

      28, Male, MA-07 (hometown MI-06)

      by bumiputera on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:40:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm not sure the interim senator can run (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LaurenMonica

      in the special election.

      Even if they can, Patrick said he didnt want to nominate anyone to the interim seat who would run in the special, because I guess that would be playing favorites.

      I dont get the outrage about this choice. Substantively, it seems no different than Patrick's choice of Paul Kirk, who filled the interim seat after Kennedy died.

      •  Yeah, and that worked so well for us (0+ / 0-)

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:55:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I believe he can, which is why Patrick (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        stagemom

        said specifically he was appointing someone who pledged NOT to run in the election.

        Patrick said he felt someone could not get up to speed in order to represent MA in five months and also run for the seat.

      •  Interim Senator can run (0+ / 0-)

        legally, but the Governor said he would not appoint someone without a promise not to run. See my comment on this above.

        This is very different, IMO, from Paul Kirk. Paul Kirk was a Kennedy insider, not a Patrick insider, so the cronyism thing was less compelling. More important, he'd been DNC chair and worked in Kennedy's office. He knew the national scene, the DC game, and the Senate. He was old enough that he would not cut deals to preserve his future political prospects.

        True, he didn't shatter the earth. But this time we had another option, a just-retired 30-year member of Congress who chaired the Finance Committee. He could hit the ground running. Unlike Cowan (or Kirk), there was a decent chance that (with no more elections to worry about) he'd vote "no" on a compromise that sells out too much to the right. And he would know exactly how to horse trade to sweeten something, and make a full-throated progressive budget case.

        I'm not super anti-Cowan, but I see the frustration. Many people here in Mass. don't think it will play well with the public. Patrick rode to office by NOT being the typical inside baseball Mass. politician.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:48:42 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Everything went Brown's way in 2010 (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Egalitare, JBraden, GReen4994

    He got little to no negative publicity. He was the underdog trying to win the seat of liberal lion Ted Kennedy. He wont be the underdog this time, and will have a record that Dems can pick through(and did pick through in the last campaign).

    In 2010, he had an issue that motivated supporters: opposition to the healthcare law. The two main bills that will dominate the next few months: immigration reform and a gun control bill. Brown has already said he supports an assault weapons ban, and I imagine he would support an immigration reform bill too.

    Another factor that motivated supporters in 2010: Dems controlled the entire government in 2010, and Coakley would have been the key 60th vote. Brown was able to run as someone who would be check on Dems power.

    The unemployment rate in MA in Jan 2010 was at an 18 year high(8.7%). It has declined to 6.7%.

    Brown still has a strong favorables, and while he wont face a candidate as bad as Coakley, a messy Dem primary could boost his chances. Those are the two main advantages he has and they are significant. This will be a close race. But as you note, hard to see a recreation of the political situation in 2010.

    •  And if Brown crashes and burns again (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JBraden, BlueStateRedhead

      hel'll be toast if he then wants to run for Governor. He'll be a two-time loser on a national stage going into the state election.

      He doesn't have the big time private-sector connections or the wealth that helped Romney overcome his two-time defeat at the hands of Ted Kennedy when he ran for Governor. And if he loses to Markey it will be his second defeat against a non-incumbent in a Senatorial race.

      As for DINO Lynch, he has a very small base of supporters outside of his district--unfortunately, most of them are in my backyard. Oh, well.

      Shorter Sharoney: I'm going to pop LOTS of popcorn for this race. Go Markey!

      "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

      by Sharoney on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:56:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  That's not what happened. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      stagemom

      Sorry, I don't usually jump all over people, but this does not at all explain what happened in 2010.  None of the factors you mention were relevant.

      Martha Coakley was simply a terrible candidate who ran a terrible campaign, barely actually campaigning at all.  It was a special off-year election with nothing else on the ballot to spur voter turnout.   So Democratic turnout was terrible.

      Brown didn't win  - we lost by nominating Coakley, who should be banned by the Demcoratic Party from ever running for any office ever again.

      •  Fair point (0+ / 0-)

        The horrible campaign run by Coakley was by the far biggest factor in Brown's win. But I think the others did contribute.

        •  Not just Coakley (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          JBraden

          Yes, she ran a terrible campaign, but she has been a great AG for Massachusetts.  She should keep running for that seat as long as she wants it.

          Coakley never really got the full support of the state party - most of them wanted Mike Capuano and sat on their hands.  It still boggles my mind that with a 60 vote supermajority on the line, the DNC and DSCC didn't pay attention to the race until 2 weeks before the election.  They figured MA would never put a republican in Ted Kennedy's seat.  They learned the hard way not to take MA for granted.

          One thing that also worked in Brown's favor - weather.  Kennedy died in late August, after the Tea Party spent all summer shouting down Obama's healthcare plan.  The special election was held in January, it was gawd-awful cold, and the teahadists were approaching their zenith.  The timing of this special election is much better, with the primary April 30 and the election in June.  

          Don't be humble. You're not that great. - Golda Meir

          by MKDanaher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:39:48 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  The factors you cite (0+ / 0-)

          may explain why wealthy Repbulicans nationwide supported Brown, if that's what you're saying.  But this is an overwhelmingly Democratiic state.  All we had to do was run a decent candiate who would inspire the masses to turn out and vote for a worthy successor to Ted Kennedy.

          I'm fairly sure the Coakley campaign didn't even print bumper stickers.  I certainly never saw one.

  •  I can't but wonder what sort of Village lobbying (5+ / 0-)

    went on to make sure it wasn't Frank...

    A "well-connected" white shoe attorney with no record will be voting on some pretty critical issues in the next five months.

    Frank would have done more than take orders. He actually knows what's going on and that may have disqualified him.

    Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

    by chuckvw on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:33:04 PM PST

    •  How do you define a White shoe law firm? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      chuckvw
      Mo Cowan is a former member of the litigation section at the Boston-based law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glosky & Popeo PC. He has been named a “Top 5% Massachusetts litigator” by Law and Politics magazine and a “40 Under 40” business leader by Boston Business Journal. He is the former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and a current member of the Northeastern University Corporation.
      Not exactly Hale and Dorr
      Wilmer Hale/ex Hale and Dorr

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:51:53 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hefty corporate client list (0+ / 0-)

        Although I don't know if Mintz Levin is any more so than other large East Coast firms.

        Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

        by chuckvw on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:45:50 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  In other words, should have characterized the firm (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          BlueStateRedhead

          rather than Cowan as such...

          Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

          by chuckvw on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:46:48 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Any large Boston firm (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          BlueStateRedhead, chuckvw

          fits that description. I worked in such a firm, there are good people there, but it basically is Hale & Dorr. Just a little more recently arrived on the same block.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:51:40 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Here's wiki's list/definition FWIW (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            chuckvw

            Ropes and Gray is a Boston example of a traditional Boston white shoe; none of the "'new' white shoes" are in Boston. New are define as:

            Many of these firms were founded as a direct result of the exclusionary tendencies of the original white-shoe firms, which provided limited opportunities for Jewish and Catholic lawyers, as well as other non-WASPs.
            "white shoe"

            "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

            by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:08:53 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Mintz Levin (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              chuckvw, BlueStateRedhead

              would be a classic "new white shoe" even if not on the wiki list. Obviously not the Brahmin Ropes & Gray, etc., but virtually indistinguishable today. Profits per partner of a million or so puts it clearly within BigLaw. John Kerry's brother is a partner, as is Bill Weld, who's about as white shoe as they come.

              Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

              by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:20:03 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Right you are re: Weld as JKerry's brother is..... (0+ / 0-)

                Jewish (converted). Also a very nice fellow, but I digress. Weld is as you say as white shoe and Brahmin as they come. Can't forget it either: two Weld Halls at Harvard, one next to the Main Library and on the spot where the original college for native Americans was --they do digs next to it every once in awhile.

                however, he is a new hire at Mintz Levin and specifically in their consulting firm. Before that, and for a long while, McDermott Will & Emery in NYC.

                Ah, Boston small town gossip. We should have a Boston meets up for Kogs who are fans of the Sox, now that it's easy to get tickets.

                Weld back to Boston.

                "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

                by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:56:31 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

            •  I worked at a white shoe law firm for many years (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              BlueStateRedhead

              They are into "diversity" now, the big firms anyway. It's more a values thing now.

              Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

              by chuckvw on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:00:44 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

  •  Given Brown's statewide name recognition (7+ / 0-)

    these are great numbers for Markey.  As someone who will probably be working hard to get him elected, I'm very encouraged.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:49:02 PM PST

  •  Cowan makes sense to me on several levels (0+ / 0-)

    Tim Scott has to share the spotlight..hahahaha! That was short-lived. Thanks Gov Patrick!

    Cowan will be loyal and vote accordingly.

    Gov. Patrick and Cowan will benefit in the private sector in the future.

  •  strange choice... (5+ / 0-)

    A total disappointment.  I have no idea who this guy even is.  I could see appointing someone running so we would 't face another primary fight.  I could see appointing a well known figure in Massachusetts who the electorate could trust and feel comfortable with.  This guy?  Makes no sense at all.

    The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.---FDR

    by masslib on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:08:16 PM PST

  •  Anyone else find it kinda funny (5+ / 0-)

    that the three highest statewide offices in Massachusetts--which tends to like its politicians white, male, and homegrown--are now occupied by an African-American native Chicagoan, a female native Okie, and an African-American native Tarheel?

  •  Does anyone know, re: Markey (0+ / 0-)

    What is his history with things like Dungeons and Dragons and censorship regarding such types of things - video games, books, etc.

    I only ask because a friend in the industry freaked out when he heard that Ed Markey might be the next Senator, claiming that Markey once tried to ban D&D.

    I don't remember anything like that.

    •  Markey has been great on internet issues (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      drjat42, BlueStateRedhead

      He has been strongly in favor of net neutrality and opposed one of those horrible IP bills(I think it was SOPA).

      I don't think Markey will be anti-video game as a Senator.

      I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

      by pistolSO on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:43:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Now there's a mark of distinction. (0+ / 0-)

      Arch-nemesis of D&D!

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:15:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  yes, he's pretty, but.......... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Danali

    I am puzzled as to why Brown polls well in Mass.

    Did he accomplish something in the Senate while I wasn't paying attention?

    •  Half the state (0+ / 0-)

      is "independents" who don't follow politics closely. They eat up the bipartisan, independent shtick and don't know enough of the details to get that it's bull. They think he's personable in the Massachusetts townie interpretation of folksy. He created an image in 2009-10 and it's pretty much intact among people who aren't hardcore Democrats.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:55:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Very encouraging numbers -- thank you! (4+ / 0-)

    As one of Ed Markey's constituents (he lives not far from me in Malden) and a strong supporter of his Senate run, I've been a bit...nervous the past few weeks, especially with the Lynch news ugh.

    These numbers are extremely encouraging.

    As much as a I wanted Barney for the interim appointment, I think he screwed up by speaking out. Although even if he hadn't, it sounded like Deval was leaning toward appointing a woman or person of color, so Barney's actions may have made no difference. Sounds like Mo Cowan is a very smart, connected guy; I hope he does a good job but it's short term and I guess I feel like the special election is so much more critical as of right this minute that my level of caring about the interim appointment is...much less. Onward...

    I'm very curious to see if Elizabeth Warren endorses or otherwise does anything overt/covert to help Markey in the primary, given how helpful he was to her last year. My guess is she saves giving Markey access to her formidable list of volunteers and donors until after April 30th, so as to avoid getting in the middle of the primary squabble. But boy would it help Markey to have access to that list NOW....

    Never a dull moment in the Commonwealth (God save it!)...

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:43:52 PM PST

  •  FYI -- Markey kickoff event @ Feb 2 Saturday, 10am (5+ / 0-)

    For those in the area who can make it, Markey's campaign kickoff event is this Saturday:

    Feb 2, Saturday
    10:00am
    YMCA, 99 Dartmouth Street, Malden, MA

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:46:14 PM PST

  •  Thanks a lot, Obama. Choosing a sitting Democratic (2+ / 0-)

    Senator was a really dumb thing to do.

    Now we run the risk of another Republican in the Senate.

    •  I dunno (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      abgin, stagemom, BlueStateRedhead

      Hillary was a sitting Democrat, and she worked out pretty well.

      Don't be humble. You're not that great. - Golda Meir

      by MKDanaher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:54:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Course, with Obama, (0+ / 0-)

      the alternative might have been getting a Republican Secretary of State...

      But I agree with your point, not just for risking the Senate seat but those committees...

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:17:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kerry could have said no. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      BlueStateRedhead, LaurenMonica

      When it comes to cabinet appointments, it takes two to tango.

      But Massachusetts ain't Oklahoma.  We'll keep the seat blue.

      •  Maybe Kerry has more faith in MA (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        stagemom

        than you.

        In addition,  he has good reason to think that he has the skills and abilities - already shown as a Senator - to be an exceptional SOS.

        •  Oh, I have faith in Massachusetts and in Kerry. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          BlueStateRedhead

          I just get annoyed when people act like somehow Obama forced Kerry out of the Senate.  He clearly wanted the job...he wanted it back in 2009 when he had just been re-elected!  And he'll be great at it.

          I get even more annoyed when people act like Scott Brown is some kind of unbeatable juggernaut and a lock to succeed Kerry.  He just lost MA's other Senate seat, for chrissakes!

          •  Brown is not a lock (0+ / 0-)

            but you cannot compare running in a presidential year against a candidate who was a real celebrity in the progressive community, to running in a June special election against a guy who seems like a central casting Congressman.

            We will need to work on turnout but historical trends for non-presidential election years are ominous.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:00:18 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  From MA, Brown was a blip, a onetime thing (0+ / 0-)

      ...as ppl have explained above.

      As for dumbness.  

      Do you think all of us in MA have the same degree of intelligence as the president? Including Senator Warren, that dumb professor?

      So if another Republican enters the Senator, we dumb MA people are to blame.

      We are the voters here, not that guy from Chicago, even if we did let him go to law school here.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:01:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Markey post @ Bluemassgroup (4+ / 0-)

    Congressman Markey has just posted this afternoon at Bluemassgroup about his candidacy, as well as plans for his field organizing team:

    http://bluemassgroup.com/...

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:04:21 PM PST

    •  From bluemassgroup.com: Markey's snarky bio (0+ / 0-)

      Here’s a great story, as told by The Harvard Crimson in  1976   at abs0628's link::

      While in his second term in the State House, Markey pushed for passage of a bill to eliminate part-time district court judgeships in Massachusetts. Part-time judgeships were .... patronage gold mines....politicians. It was no surprise, then, when the House leadership, under Speaker Thomas McGee of Lynn, fought against Markey’s bill. It passed despite their objections... McGee...gained his revenge by throwing Markey off the Judiciary Committee, and having his desk moved out into the hall.

      Markey received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Legislator of the Year award and was praised in many editorial columns [for this bill].

      Markey’s one television commercial [for his next campaign] opened with a narration of the desk-in-the-hall scene along with a shot of Markey standing in front of a desk placed incongruously in a State House corridor. At the end of the spot, Markey folded his arms across his chest, looking stern and tough. “They may tell me where to sit,” he said, “but nobody tells me where to stand.”

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:19:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Im a little disappointed with D Patrick (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MethuenProgressive

    I supported and I support the appointment of J Kerry as Secretary of State because I think he deserved the appointment and was the right person. And if the Governor would have done the right things looking at the team this would not have been a big trouble.

    I'm a little disappointed with D Patrick:

    1.- Because he is not running again for Governor. I would like he reconsider this decission.
    2.- Because he appointed not the Democratic frontrunner for the vacant senate seat, giving to the appointed senator the advantage of the incumbency for the primary and for the general election.

    I see not D Patrick's decissions helping the team. I think it was possible to help a lot more to the team.

  •  This is what Barney Frank has to say about it: (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    andgarden, BlueStateRedhead, JBraden

    (from msnbc)
    Frank, who had said that he wanted the appointment, released a statement Wednesday.
    “I know Mr. Cowan is committed to working hard and in socially-fair and economically-efficient manner toward resolving pending budget issues. I now look forward to working for the election of Ed Markey to continue this work, and to providing President Obama the support he deserves in carrying out the mandate he received in November.”

    civil of him. Especially for him.

    I like BF and have toyed with the idea of having him as interum Senator (I think my GOv felt it would be too disruptive to have him in for only five months...if he wanted it for the whole term and Patrick had that power he very well might have appointed him, I think)

    but it might also be good for BF to eat some crow. He boxed Patrick in and it was disrespectful when he went public about wanting the interum seat.

    BF was my representative for years and until he retired represented the district of the towns next door to me. I "know" him as well as one can know a public figure--have worked on his campaigns and met him briefly. He can be arrogant and his mouth can get ahead of him. He's not more egotistical than most I don't think but I think this time it's good as a side effect that he is getting a bit of a slap in being turned down (and no Im not a troll just someone who can see all of a person their weaknesses as well as strengths).

    BF will be a wonderful advocate for important ideas. We are lucky to have him. Let this be a lesson to him...sometimes his mouth gets him in trouble though overall I love that he says what he thinks.

    •  Frank understands how politics works well enough (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JBraden

      to know that he would be a man alone if he threw a shit fit. That is not how he wanted to exit stage left.

      I feel about the same way here as I did with Schatz.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:34:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  A timid choice when a bold one was called for. (0+ / 0-)

    Shame on Patrick for lacking the backbone to nominate Barney Frank.
    Patrick just proved he's small time, unfit for the major leagues.

    "Your opponent can't talk when he has your fist in his mouth." - Bill Clinton

    by MethuenProgressive on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:45:42 PM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site