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Curtatone: 'I Haven't Considered Running for Anything Other Than Mayor'

Somerville's mayor says he's focused on seeking a sixth term in 2013, and at the moment he's not endorsing any candidates in the upcoming special election for Senate.

With a special election planned in June to fill soon-to-be Secretary of State John Kerry's seat in the United States Senate and with an election to replace Gov. Deval Patrick set for next year, political watchers have been speculating about who will run not just for Kerry's seat, but for other high public offices in Massachusetts that could soon be up for grabs.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone's name has been suggested as a possible candidate for higher office—governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. representative—but Curtatone, at least now, said he's focused on running again for mayor.

"I haven't considered running for anything other than mayor," Curtatone said in a phone conversation Wednesday.

"I have a love and a passion to do this job," he said, adding he's pursuing his reelection with energy. He said, "I'm not focused on anything but doing the mayor's job."

Curtatone didn't categorically say he wouldn't run for higher office, and he said "it's flattering to be mentioned" as a potential candidate.

"We're all caught up in the season of speculation," he said.

The speculation comes from the inevitable domino effect that takes place when a long-time senator and a two-term governor are set to leave office.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) has officially announced he will seek Kerry's Senate seat, and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) is likely to run, though as of Wednesday night he had not officially announced.

Should one of them win election to the Senate, it could lead to a wide-open field of candidates who would like a job in Congress.

The field of potential gubernatorial candidates who might run in 2014 is even more wide open, especially now that Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray has said he won't run.

The Boston Globe named State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) and Curtatone. The Phoenix also throws State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and former New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang into the mix, while suggesting Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley would be the strongest candidate, if she runs.

If Capuano stepped down to run for governor, it would open up a congressional seat that might tempt Curtatone and several Boston politicians, according to more speculation.

On a special episode of SCATV's "Greater Somerville," host Joe Lynch spoke with WBZ's Jon Keller about the political field and Curtatone's future.

Keller said of Somerville's mayor, "He's a young, attractive guy [and] politically savvy," adding he sees no reason Curtatone wouldn't run for higher office. Plus, Keller said, "Somerville in recent years has a reputation as a pretty dynamic city, a city with a lot of creative ideas being attempted … a city that's on the move, and I think a lot of that credit accrues to the mayor."

For an interesting conversation about all of this, you can watch the "Greater Somerville" episode here.

Curtatone offers no endorsement yet in Senate race

As for the race to replace Kerry, a primary is scheduled for April 30. In regard to Markey and Lynch's candidacies, Curtatone said, "At this time I haven't made a decision to support either candidate."

He said of the primary process, "it's good to have choices."

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J L January 31, 2013 at 11:29 AM
So we are going to get two more years of this guy? I mean, I'm all for fluff and fun, and big redevelopment issues, but he's let the neighborhood issues languish. His MOD is, wherever we can build condos, let's build condos. Wherever there was a triple decker, let's build ten condos. You want to drive? We don't want you - I want everyone to bike!
kevin thomas crowley January 31, 2013 at 01:22 PM
as the mayor says, "it's good to have choices." i resent the planned cannonization of markey. not good for those of us who would like to see his metal tested before he faces a republican. it is a truism in politics that a pol who has not faced a rigorous election in sometime is easy to pick-off. markey has floated into office for way too long. he's outta shape. so contrary to the new so-called progressive party bosses belief that no primary would have been a plus for markey, the reverse is true. markey needs to have his cage rattled a little, if only for experience, before he enters what is essentially a national election against a well-liked candidate in his third campaign in three years. voting for lynch is not an option for me, but ironically he is just what markey needs. a fight before the final election will give him the spinach he needs for the final showdown. also, this annointing of markey by the party 'elite' ticks me off because it removed capauno from the race. as ready as he is to be a senator, he had the realpolitic to know the money would go elsewhere in the primary.
Donal Waide January 31, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Stephen Lynch's hat is in the ring now, so this should open up the field a bit. His interview on WBZ this morning was funny. To paraphrase, "I, too, like Scott Brown, drive a truck. However, mine wasn't used to drive from the lawr (sic) office to home. I had tools in mine. I brought my welder to the job site"
AHM February 01, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Term Limits. Says it all.

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