Six for the seat

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 16, 2009


DECLARED? No, but declared that he'll declare
Capuano's résumé is more impressive than some may realize. As mayor of Somerville for nine years, he ran a clean and effective administration in one of the Commonwealth's most notoriously corrupt cities. He then surprised the political odds makers by winning the wide-open election for US Congress in 1998, and has since become one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants.

The 1998 race proved Capuano's campaigning skills, as he maneuvered to amass 23 percent of the votes — enough to top the 10-candidate primary scrum. Then, as now, he was seeking an historic seat: that district had been previously represented by Tip O'Neill and Joseph Kennedy II.

But Capuano, 57, is not well-known statewide. And he has never been a great fundraiser (although, running virtually unopposed since 1998, he has never needed to be). Still, he starts with more than $1 million in his war chest, and lots of strong allies in his corner — possibly including Joe and others in the Kennedy family. Rumor has it that, if Capuano emerges victorious, one of Joe's sons might run for Capuano's vacated congressional seat.

HE'S NO TED KENNEDY, BUT . . . he's liberal, he knows how to amass power in DC, and he might have some Kennedys stumping for him.
HOW HE WINS He finds the coalition to repeat what he did 11 years ago.
HOW HE LOSES He doesn't sell well outside his liberal district.

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |   next >
Related: The X factor, Senate shuffle, Capuano for Senate, More more >
  Topics: Talking Politics , World Politics, Tom Reilly, Nancy Pelosi,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MRS. WARREN GOES TO WASHINGTON  |  March 21, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
  •   MARCH MADNESS  |  March 12, 2013
    It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
  •   LABOR'S LOVE LOST  |  March 08, 2013
    Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
  •   AFTER MARKEY, GET SET, GO  |  February 20, 2013
    It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
    It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

 See all articles by: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN