For three of the four candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, the temptation to try to position themselves as heir to the Kennedy legacy has proved too sweet to resist.
The race to fill the US Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy is complicating the healthcare reform debate. The top two contenders won't vote for a bill if it limits access to abortion.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Sunday that he is being barred from taking communion because he favors abortion rights. The disagreement points to broader tensions in the Catholic church regarding abortion measures in the healthcare reform bill.
Bill approved Thursday permits the governor to appoint an interim senator until the special election. Action moves to Senate, where delay is likely.
With no Kennedy in the running, expect a crowded Democratic field.
Most of the potential Democratic candidates have more than $1 million available. But for those who officially enter the race, more fundraising may be necessary.
The ailing senator is thinking about his succession. The likely candidates can be divided into Kennedys and non-Kennedys.