Mass. special election activity suspended after bombings
April 15th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
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Mass. special election activity suspended after bombings

(CNN) - Candidates in this month's primaries for the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts announced they were suspending campaign activity Monday as authorities continue to investigate apparent bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic frontrunner, said he was "disturbed and saddened" by the explosions that left dozens injured and caused multiple deaths.

"We all are grateful for the first responders who rushed to the scene to help the victims. The heart of the city is hanging heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this senseless tragedy," the longtime congressman, who represents Boston suburbs, said in a statement.

Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez has also suspended campaign activities. A spokesman confirmed Gomez was running the marathon and finished just before the bomb went off but was not injured. The candidate had planned to hold a press conference after the race.

Two other Republicans vying for the nomination–Michael Sullivan, a conservative former U.S. attorney, and Daniel Winslow, a state lawmaker–also announced they would break from campaigning.

"While the causes of these explosions have not yet been determined, if not accidental, I know these agencies and others will identify those responsible for these horrific and cowardly acts of violence and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law," Sullivan said in a statement. "May we together as citizens of the Commonwealth and across this nation pray for all effected by this terrible event."

Another Democratic candidate, Rep. Stephen Lynch, will also suspend campaign activity.

Spokesman Conor Yunits said the congressman, who represents a large part of Boston, was in the city but wasn't at the marathon. They had a staffer who was running the race but got word that she is OK.

The Republican and Democratic primaries are set for April 30, while the special election is scheduled to occur in June. The seat was left open when John Kerry became Secretary of State earlier this year.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick appointed his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, to serve as interim senator until the special election in June.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Mark Preston, Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts • Senate • Stephen Lynch
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Nation needs to be on high alert–airports, seaports, borders etc. nonsense. We also need strict immigration and vis system too–otherwise it becomes India, Pakistan etc.,

    April 15, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. OKC

    I wonder if that candidate that just finished was the target ????

    April 15, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. it must be stated

    i am betting that obama is on the scene and in the media with the families of the victims within 2-3 days. strict garbage can legislation must be rolled out and passed quickly before more tragedies like this occur.

    April 15, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    Not enough information available to speculate on what flavor wacko is responsible. Two bombs timed slightly apart suggests a sophisticated timer and fusing system. The Boston Marathon is very American tradition and very visible. Muslim terrorists are more into airplanes than sports events. The only similar event was the Atlanta Olympics bombing. That particular case was an anti-abortion wacko, but they eventually caught him. Damfino.

    April 15, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Larry L


    I wonder if that candidate that just finished was the target ????
    This is not a time for mindless comments. This is a time for the terrorists to realize that they are now being hunted relentlessly and they will be caught or killed. President Obama will once again direct America's considerable resources against the most evil people on the planet. Hell will be getting some new occupants.

    April 15, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |