Rep. Stephen Lynch has reached out to key allies in the labor movement and told them unequivocally he will run for Senate if Sen. John Kerry, as expected, is tabbed as Secretary of State.
A source close to Lynch who had spoken with him directly said Lynch had laid out his plan for victory: “He’s gonna work his [expletive] off. He thinks the big field will help him.”
“I’m in this race,” the source said Lynch told him.
Media speculation has keyed on the prospective candidacy of Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., who has not ruled out a run for the body where his father served for 47 years.
Lynch balked at an expected run to replace Kennedy after the latter’s death in 2009, when the support the longtime union member had expected to materialize among labor never did. Labor was then angry with Lynch about his decampment during the 2009 health care reform debate. Since, Lynch easily withstood a 2010 challenge and has largely repaired ties to the movement.