One day after U.S. Rep. Edward Markey announced he would run in the special election to fill the Senate seat being vacated by secretary of state nominee John Kerry, he earned the endorsement of Kerry, the Democratic Party and Vicki Kennedy — the wife of former Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Markey has served in the House since 1976. He became the first big-name Democrat to announce he would run for the seat on Thursday, and support quickly coalesced around him, in what appears to be an attempt to clear the field and prevent a competitive primary.
“While I began last week to formally step out of politics and it’s very important that I respect the apolitical nature of the post I hope to soon occupy, as Massachusetts’ senior senator today and as a colleague of Ed Markey’s for 28 years, I’m excited to learn of and support his decision to run for the United States Senate,” Kerry said in a statement on Friday.
“Ed’s one of the most experienced and capable legislators in the entire Congress and it would be an almost unprecedented occasion for such an accomplished legislator to join the Senate able to hit the ground running on every issue of importance to Massachusetts,” Kerry said. “Ed’s someone who authored and passed a visionary energy bill to deal with climate change; he’s one of Congress’ foremost experts on the Internet, telecommunications and new energy economies; he was a leader on nuclear weapons issues; and he’s the House’s leading, ardent, and thoughtful protector of the environment. Ed’s upbringing in Malden and his service as the dean of our delegation means he knows in his heart and in his head just what is important to every corner of our state. He’s passionate about the issues that Ted Kennedy and I worked on as a team for decades, whether it’s health care or the environment and energy or education. He’s gutsy and tough, smart and sharp, a workhorse in Congress who has never forgotten where he came from or who sent him to Washington.”
Shortly thereafter, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) issued their own statement of support for the congressman.
“Ed Markey has spent his career fighting for the people of Massachusetts. He has been a leader on some of the most important issues of our time and has repeatedly taken on the special interests in Washington,” said Sen. Michael Bennett, DSCC chairman. “At a time when the country needs real leadership that looks out for the middle class, Ed Markey always remembers where he came from and will continue the hard work needed to turn our economy around. He is exactly the kind of leader Massachusetts needs in the U.S. Senate.”
Markey also received the endorsement of Vicki Kennedy, the wife of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who passed away in 2009. Her son, Edward M. Kennedy Jr., announced earlier in the week that he would not run for the seat.
In a statement of thanks for the outpouring of support, Markey touted his work with Kerry during his time in Congress and pledged to work to further Democratic ideals.