This is no gag. If he runs, it won’t be a publicity-seeking candidacy of those filed in the recall election for California governor of 2003. Burstein is actively interested in public service and already holds elected office in his hometown. He has represented Brookline residents in Town Meeting since 2001, and was elected a Public Library Trustee in 2004.
Massachusetts law currently states the special election has to be held between 145 and 160 days after a seat is vacated.
Who would he be up against? Possibly a thundering herd of well-heeled opponents:
Just about every member of the state’s 10-member all-Democratic congressional delegation has been mentioned as a potential candidate, particularly Reps. Edward Markey, Richard Neal and three others who have already banked more than a million dollars in their House accounts.
Update 08/20/2009: Fixed a broken link – thanks to the Crotchety Old Fan for the head’s-up.