Boston, MA, United States (4E) – Democratic senator and incoming secretary of state John Kerry Friday said he supports the candidacy of Massachusetts Democratic congressman Ed Markey for a seat in the Senate, a move that surprised many Democrats in the state.
The former presidential candidate’s remarks came a day after Markey made his announcement to run for the vacant Senate seat. The move practically made Markey the frontrunner for the party’s nominee in a special election for the seat Kerry will leave following his likely confirmation as secretary of state.
Kerry hailed Markey’s positions in environmental issues, Internet freedom and public service. The senator, however, stopped short of an outright endorsement but his aides have confirmed that he would cast his vote for Markey during the special election.
Kerry’s near-endorsement indicates that Democrats in the state are willing to unite around Markey when he sets for a possible confrontation with outgoing Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his reelection bid last month against senator-elect Elizabeth Warren in a tightly contested race.
Rep. Niki Tsongas, whose name emerged as a possible candidate in the state’s Democratic primary, said she will stay in the House of Representatives, paving the way for Markey’s likely nomination.
Victoria Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, also gave her support to Markey, who is the dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.