Howard Dean's group supports Markey
March 11th, 2013
09:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Howard Dean's group supports Markey

(CNN) – Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts has the backing of another progressive group in his bid for Secretary of State John Kerry's former Senate seat.

Democracy for America, the political action committee founded by former Vermont Gov.and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, announced its support for Markey on Monday, saying the longtime congressman is better suited for the role than his primary opponent, Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch.

The two will go head to head next month (April 30) in the primary for the June special election.

Describing Markey as "the only tried and true progressive in the race," the group's political director, Michael Langenmayr, said in a statement that Markey has a "long record of standing up to conservative Democrats on health care and climate change."

Unlike Lynch, a social conservative from South Boston, Markey has wide support from the Democratic establishment in Massachusetts and Washington. Kerry himself backed Markey before he was confirmed as secretary of state.

According to the group, DFA has more than 33,600 members in Massachusetts. The group rallied behind Elizabeth Warren's successful campaign to unseat Sen. Scott Brown last fall.

Its members donated more than $373,000 to her campaign and 142 volunteers knocked on nearly 2,000 doors for Warren.

Last week, another liberal group, MoveOn.org, threw its support behind Markey.

Gov. Deval Patrick appointed William "Mo" Cowan, his former chief of staff, to fill the seat as an interim senator until the special election this summer.


Filed under: Ed Markey • Howard Dean • Massachusetts • Senate
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Far-left PAC supports furthest left candidate. Thanks for the hard-hitting news.

    March 11, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Fair is Fair

    Far-left PAC supports furthest left candidate. Thanks for the hard-hitting news.
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    Sheldon Addelson and the Koch brother putting millions into far right candidates......return on investment...ZERO

    March 11, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Tom

    While I'm sure Ed Markey will graciously accept any support offered, I don't think this endorsement will go down in history as a bold move. Markey is way ahead of Lynch in the polls and Lynch's vote against the ACA didn't win him any friends among Massachusetts politicos. The Republican competition is so weak, the term "long shot" is a generous way to describe the Republican chances of winning this one. If you're handing out endorsements, this one is definitely on the "duh" list.

    March 11, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Markey will most likely be elected. Howard Dean or no Howard Dean. That is not exactly big news. Remember Liberal's and Progessaves have no money of their own so they expect you to divvy up. So far the Liberal's have divved up a minus 16.7 Trilliion Dollar Federal Debt.

    March 11, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Al-NY,NY

    Fair is Fair

    Far-left PAC supports furthest left candidate. Thanks for the hard-hitting news.
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    Sheldon Addelson and the Koch brother putting millions into far right candidates......return on investment...ZERO
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    Even though your reply to my post is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, it's good enough to make you a finalist for today's PeeWee Herman "I know you are but what am I" grand prize. Congratulations!

    March 11, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Thomas

    Isn't there a Bush who could run ?

    March 11, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Tom

    Also remember this special election is to fill the remaining few months of John Kerry's term expiring in 2014. This election is basically going to determine who gets to run as the incumbent in 2014. I'm not sure you're going to see all the PACs betting heavily on this one. The 2014 race might be more interesting - particularly from the Republican challenger perspective.

    March 11, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Markey will most likely be elected. Howard Dean or no Howard Dean. That is not exactly big news. Remember Liberal's and Progessaves have no money of their own so they expect you to divvy up. So far the Liberal's have divved up a minus 16.7 Trilliion Dollar Federal Debt.
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    So, the money I used to have my new home built last year was not mine? Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! I guess it came from the trickle-down fairies and the Objectivist elves! Folks, we're seeing another example of the alternate universe the Righties live in, where they bear absolutely no responsibility for the policies they enacted over 3 decades.

    March 11, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Tom

    Also remember this special election is to fill the remaining few months of John Kerry's term expiring in 2014. This election is basically going to determine who gets to run as the incumbent in 2014. I'm not sure you're going to see all the PACs betting heavily on this one.
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    That type of thinking is exactly how Scott Brown got elected to fill Sen. Kennedy's term.

    March 11, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    - Ray E. (Georgia) - Remember Liberal's and Progessaves have no money of their own so they expect you to divvy up. So far the Liberal's have divved up a minus 16.7 Trilliion Dollar Federal Debt.
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    BTW – It's "Progressives", but let's not split hairs. The parroting of the Faux Noise propaganda machine continues unabated down in them red states that are severely lacking in education. A few FACTS for ya to ruminate on..straight from the Treasury Debt.
    In 2000 – the Nat'l Debt was $5.67 TRILLION, and we had a budget SURPLUS of $289 BILLION.
    in 2009 (when Obama took office) the numbers were $11.9T and $1.47T respectively.

    That's $6.23T DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE to Dubya's time in office... a DOUBLING of the Nat'l Debt. Those numbers do NOT include the Iraq/Aghanistan war funding, nor Medicare Part D, nor the TARP bailout. They were added AFTER Obama took office. Some estimates show those costs to be in the $3-4T range.
    Take those out (16.06 – 11.9 – 3) and we're left with the current administration adding around $1.16T to the Debt. Over 4 yrs that pretty darn good.

    But of course, the right never focus on facts.

    March 11, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Far-left PAC supports furthest left candidate. Thanks for the hard-hitting news.
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    DId you make the same snarky comment when Cruz, Amin and Mourdock was endorsed by the various Tea party groups? I doubt it. I'm sure you praised them up and down with the usual groveling accolades that FOX supplies the Right with.

    March 11, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    I mean Akin.

    March 11, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Tom

    Rudy NYC

    Also remember this special election is to fill the remaining few months of John Kerry's term expiring in 2014. This election is basically going to determine who gets to run as the incumbent in 2014. I'm not sure you're going to see all the PACs betting heavily on this one.
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    That type of thinking is exactly how Scott Brown got elected to fill Sen. Kennedy's term.

    Yeah, that is basically true. But Brown was a rising star and there were about two years left on Kennedy's term at the time of his death. It doesn't feel like there is a similarly strong Republican candidate to jump into this race. Markey and Lynch have agreed not to accept outside money. The Republican candidates have not made the same pledge. I'm just not convinced any of the current Republican candidates are seen as competitive enough to warrant serious outside investment. Also consider that since the Martha Coakley incident, a Republican has not won a statewide election in Massachusetts. Coakley was a terrible candidate, who ran a dismal campaign, but I think a lot of Massachusetts Democrats regretted not bothering to turn out to vote for her. Brown was a strong candidate, but Democratic apathy certainly helped him win.

    March 11, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Tom wrote:

    Yeah, that is basically true. ... ... Brown was a strong candidate, but Democratic apathy certainly helped him win.
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    Apathy and not bothering to turn out is exactly the type of thinking that I'm talking about.

    March 11, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Real (Truth) Factually speaking a lot of northerners have moved south. Do you know the difference between a Yankee and a Damned Yankee? A Yankee comes south for a short visit and then goes back north. A Damned Yankee just stays and stays and stays !!

    P.S. The 16.7 Trillion dollar federal debt wasn't invented byFox News. It started way before that. You can go back to the 1930's when Mr. Roosevelt thought he could solve the problem. 75 years later it is all fixed Neigh? You keep voting for those Liberal's/Progressaves. But don't ask me to pay for your follies. I am fresh out of cash.

    March 11, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Tom wrote:

    Yeah, that is basically true. ... ... Brown was a strong candidate, but Democratic apathy certainly helped him win.
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    Apathy and not bothering to turn out is exactly the type of thinking that I'm talking about.
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    You 2 crack me up. Brown won for several reasons... his opponent wasn't interested in pressing the flesh with the "unwashed masses" outside Fenway Park... he rean a superior campaign... and by and large, the citizens of MA were already disgusted with the BS the Obama administration was pushing in just his first year in office. And for the far-left People's Republic of Massachusetts, that speaks volumes.

    March 11, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @Ray E. (Georgia) – P.S. The 16.7 Trillion dollar federal debt wasn't invented byFox News. It started way before that. You can go back to the 1930's when Mr. Roosevelt thought he could solve the problem. 75 years later it is all fixed Neigh? You keep voting for those Liberal's/Progressaves.
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    Ray, I never stated the the Nat' Debt was invented by Fox. I "implied" that they blame it on the current POTUS, which is completely false. What I showed was that the Republican's (and I'm NOT a liberal or Democrat BTW) seem to have a problem with spending – ONLY when it's not them doing it. In EIGHT short years, BUSH 43 DOUBLED the National Debt and left a $1.47 TRILLION Deficit for Obama to inherit. This fiscal situation has been long coming, so lets talk FACTS/TRUTH and not some parroted Fox blame Obama speel.

    March 11, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    You 2 crack me up. Brown won for several reasons... his opponent wasn't interested in pressing the flesh with the "unwashed masses" outside Fenway Park... he rean a superior campaign... and by and large, the citizens of MA were already disgusted with the BS the Obama administration was pushing in just his first year in office. And for the far-left People's Republic of Massachusetts, that speaks volumes.
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    You're right. In a word it's apathy, by both the candidate's and the voters.

    March 11, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |