John A. Hart Jr.’s announcement that he will resign from the state Senate seat he has held for a decade set off a flurry of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and speculation Tuesday on who might succeed him.
The Globe reports that State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, said she was considering a run but stopped short of revealing her intentions. So were Rep. Nick Collins and State Representative Martin J. Walsh, a Dorchester Democrat.
State House News Service, meanwhile, reported that Rep. Russell Holmes was leaning toward a run.
“I was surprised just like everyone else, so I’ve been reaching out to Marty and to Nick and to Linda, so hopefully we can come up with a conversation around what would make sense,” Holmes told the News Service. He said, “When I woke up this morning my wife and I had a conversation. She and I definitely felt as though we didn’t have a race last year, so we were ready to race last year, and so the troops want to fight. The troops are restless.”
The News Service also offered some history:
"The Senate seat has been one of great power in the past,'' the News Service reported. "Former Sen. William Bulger held it during what was the longest tenure of a Massachusetts Senate president. The late Congressman Joe Moakley held the seat before Bulger. Congressman Stephen Lynch held the seat for a time. Before announcing he would join the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Hart rose through the leadership ranks of the Senate.''