• Coakley, Grossman back Rep. Markey in special election


    BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) -- Two state leaders endorsed Rep. Ed Markey in the special election that will occur if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

    Attorney General Martha Coakley and State Treasurer Steve Grossman announced their support for Rep. Markey on Thursday.

    Coakley cited Markey's work on ending U.S. dependence on foreign oil and protecting women's rights as some of her reasons for supporting the Malden Democrat. She also referenced Markey's efforts at keeping assault weapons off the streets as well as working to pass telecommunications laws.

    "Massachusetts needs a leader and champion with the energy, ability and proven experience to tackle the great challenges of our day and help lead us to an even brighter future. There is no person better for the job than Ed Markey, and I am proud to support him as our next United States Senator," said Coakley in a press release.

    Grossman said he has been friends with Markey for over 40 years and that the same "strong values he learned growing up in Malden drive him today."

    "Ed Markey will be an outstanding senator for Massachusetts. He'll work everyday to build a better future for all of us, always remembering where he comes from," says Grossman.

    Coakley and Grossman piled on a growing list of Markey supporters that includes Victoria Kennedy and John Kerry.

    Kerry was met with little opposition during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. If confirmed, a special election would be held between 145 and 160 days from the date of his confirmation.

    Congressman Stephen Lynch is still considering a run on the Democratic side.

    Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is weighing a run on the Republican side.

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