A billboard-sized photo of Vicki Kennedy alongside a major highway entering Boston has given mixed signals to Kennedy and Democrat supporters looking for partisan change in Massachusetts.
Displayed as an advertisement to join Kennedy at a mayoral event on immigrants and diversity, some see the billboard as an effort to maintain Kennedy's profile for a 2010 campaign against Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
Brown, who claimed the senate seat Edward Kennedy had held for over half a century in January, is considered the most popular politician in Massachusetts according to recent polls, but Democrats would like to see opposition from the Kennedy widow.
"A lot of Democrats are looking for a superstar, someone who is not a mere politician," Republican political consultant Todd Domke said. "Vicki Kennedy is among the few who would be viewed as a front-runner."
Kennedy previously declined to run against Brown in his recent election, and denied a 2012 campaign last summer when she told The Boston Globe that she was uninterested, saying "there's only one Sen. Kennedy."