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NEW: Central Mass Officials Endorse Lynch in Senate Bid

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

Several state Reps. and City Councilors from the Heart of the Commonwealth threw their weight behind U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in his campaign to succeed former Senator John Kerry in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

State Reps. John Fresolo (D-Worcester) and John Binienda (D-Worcester), At-Large City Councilors Kathleen Toomey and Michael Germain and former state Rep. Jennifer Callahan (D-Sutton) officially announced their endorsement of Lynch in the U.S. Senate special election where he faces fellow Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) in the Democratic primary.

"I believe he is one of us, a common man with common sense," said Binienda.

“He's not a carbon copy of the progressive Democrats who have been successful recently, but to me he fits the mold of the working class, blue collar people that I represent,” said Fresolo. “My constituents are the working class and the working poor. In my opinion, there is no better advocate for the people I represent and the people of Worcester than Stephen Lynch in the U.S. Senate.”

“I want a Senator who remembers where they come from, and that’s Steve Lynch,” said Toomey. “He's an independent, self-made man who strapped on a pair of work boots for 18 years.” She added, “Steve Lynch doesn’t need a GPS to get to Worcester, he knows where Worcester is and knows how important our future success as a city is to the people of Massachusetts.”

"Steve Lynch is the kind of Democrat that appeals to me,” said Germain. “A person that comes from a working class neighborhood and a working class upbringing, that now fights every day for working class people. If you punch a clock and put in a full day of work to put food on the table, put your kids through school and pay your rent, Steve Lynch is the kind of person that will make you proud as a U.S. Senator."

“I am proud to endorse Congressman Lynch because he has demonstrated time and again that he is a thoughtful, engaged, effective and compassionate leader, who is deeply committed to serving the best interests of the people of Massachusetts,” said Callahan.

“I am honored to have the support of Rep. Binienda, Rep. Fresolo, Councilor Toomey, Councilor Germain and Rep. Callahan,” said Congressman Lynch. “During my time in Congress, I have always been the kind of Representative who comes home every week to visit the cities and towns in my district. The Senators, Reps, Mayors, and City Councilors in my district know I will work with them to support our local communities. With the support of these strong local leaders, I will carry that commitment for all of our communities with me to the U.S. Senate.”

More than forty labor organizations, including the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and a number of other elected officials across the Commonwealth have endorsed Lynch in his Senate run. The primary election is April 30. 

 

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