Kerry, DSCC endorse Markey to replace Kerry in Senate

“Together, Senator Kerry and I have fought hard for the families in our state and country, standing up against a Republican agenda that benefits billionaires and big oil companies that don’t pay their fair share,” Markey said. “This is the kind of leadership we will continue to need in Massachusetts in the face of tea party obstructionism.”

“The events of the last several weeks, from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, have made it clear Massachusetts needs a senator who will fight the battles Senator Kerry and I have fought – for energy independence and environmental protection policies, as well as for an immediate ban on assault weapons. We need a senator who will protect Massachusetts from the Republican assault on the R&D investments that are vital to our innovation economy,” he went on.

“Massachusetts voters are facing a critical decision about whether we continue John Kerry’s tireless fight for the middle class or if we abdicate more power to the special interests. We must not turn back now. That’s why I want to continue this fight for the values and priorities that will move our state and nation forward and carry on John Kerry’s legacy of leadership in the Senate.”

Two other Democrats have said they are contemplating runs — state Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch — but neither has formally announced any decision. It is “unclear” whether they will back out after this obvious attempt to clear the field for Markey, said John Della Volpe, Director of Polling for the Harvard Institute of Politics and a former Democratic pollster.

“Capuano would love to run a grassroots anti-establishment campaign and is likely not to be deterred,” Della Volpe said. “Lynch is also actively courting local elected officials as well and could tap another element of the grassroots base in Massachusetts.”

A big factor, he said, would be “how much money the DSCC can dry up” for any challengers to Markey.

On the Republican side, Massachusetts’ current junior senator, Scott Brown, who will leave office in January after losing his seat to Elizabeth Warren, is expected to run for the seat.

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