Obama for Markey in Mass.
June 12th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama for Markey in Mass.

(CNN) – Traveling to Boston Wednesday to help reinforce Rep. Ed Markey's bid for U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama said the longtime Democratic congressman would join a slate of Massachusetts senators known for achieving big things.

"Here in Massachusetts you have a long history of sending smart, though, hardworking leaders to the Senate who roll up their sleeves and fight the great battles on behalf of middle class families and everyone who's trying to get into the middle class," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd, adding later: "I need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate."

He went on to mention the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and current Secretary of State John Kerry, whose elevation to the diplomatic post opened the Senate seat currently under contention. Obama did not mention former Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican who won the last Senate special election in Massachusetts in 2010, but failed to be re-elected last year.

Obama's trip to Boston comes two weeks before voters choose between Markey, a 20-term Democrat representing the commonwealth's 5th Congressional District, and Republican Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL.

Markey has consistently led his rival in polls, and surveys this week showed a seven point edge for the Democrat - a tighter margin than earlier this year. Controversies engulfing the White House – including the scandal involving IRS targeting of conservative groups and the NSA monitoring of phone records – have made an impression on Massachusetts voters, the polls showed. Last week Markey criticized the collection of phone records as an example of government overreach.

But the congressman still welcomed the president's political assistance Wednesday, saying Obama was a "great leader, leading us to a brighter future." The two paid a visit to a local sandwich shop before the rally, telling diners it's important they cast ballots in this month's election.

The race between Markey and Gomez has been marked by political nastiness, though Obama refrained from direct attacks on the Republican candidate on Wednesday. He did, however, paint the GOP as resistant to reasonable compromise, and said the party was holding back important progress on a number of fronts.

"The fact of the matter is that a whole bunch of Republicans out there are not interested in getting things done," Obama said. "They think compromise is a dirty word. They think the problem we've got is working people who join unions, that that's what's holding us back. They think environmental regulations are what's holding us back. They think that we're spending, I guess, too much money on science and research and technology."

Markey has characterized his rival as a partisan Republican in line with the national party, hoping to turn off moderates in the traditionally blue state.


Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    yeah, just what the senate needs. another democrat rubber stamp for obama's far left policies. markey has not done a damn thing in the house in all of his 40 years. the guy is totally useless, except as a rubber stamp for obama.

    June 12, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Dar

    Haaaaaa, nice try Odumbo. With your falling approval ratings poor Markey is screwed. If you want to help, stay far far away from people trying to win.

    June 12, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Actually, Markey mischaracterized Gomez - the campaign-trail Gomez, that is. Gomez has been running as a "Green Republican", pro-choice, blahblah - I.e., Romney in the 90s. Of course, if this guy runs outside of Democratic Massachusetts, he'll revert to the usual wingnuttery.

    June 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    After the gop tax cheat romney and brown the teaparty clown ,no gop will ever win in mass. X mass resident, and gop garbage out in Florida as well, 2014 mid terms ,let's move forward and make the gop pay for, vote rigging , crash the economic ,defict that's only going down under Obama , congressional incompetence of gop ,the list goes on. Feel free to add.

    June 12, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Guy

    Massachusetts,
    Please stop inflicting these idiots upon us.

    Sincerely,

    The Other 49 States

    June 12, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. just askin

    markey has been in the house for 40 years??? can we see all of the legislation he has authored in that time? we've been paying him. what did he produce?

    June 12, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Cue 15 minutes of hissy fit from the RWNJs about Obama doing nothing, only making speeches, spending all his time on golf vacations....and then back to complaining that he's accomplished so much that it's completely obliterated the entire country the founding fathers envisioned and turned us into 1930's Germany. Teatrolls are consistent about 2 things and 2 things only: their cognitive dissonance and being inconsistent.

    June 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "With your falling approval ratings poor Markey is screwed. "

    It appears someone doesn't pay attention to the polls. Take a walk outside of the right wing echo chamber once in a while, champ.

    June 12, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. The Other Campaign Strategist @ Amsterdam Ave & 115th

    Memo to the DNC_

    Don`t be in a position where youhave to run another "Markey". The time is NOW to bolster a higher profile for 2 or 3 Nationwide democrats for 2016.

    Brian Schwietzer should start running for VP now. As a western governor, he can help take Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and his state of Montana away from Republicans. Without those, they CAN NOT win the presidency.

    2.) Let`s see some alternatives to Hilliary rise up: someone who can rightfully claim economic / tax reform chops that benefit the middle class. Now who is that?

    June 12, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trust, just like the man

    Interesting that Obama feels he needs to come to a solidly blue state like Massachusetts in order to camaign for a Democrat candidate. They usually win automatically in MA. Could the Democrats be fearing voter backlash due to all the Obama scandals? Sure looks like it.

    June 12, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The Other Campaign Strategist @ Amsterdam Ave & 115th

    Memo to the DNC_

    Don`t be in a position where youhave to run another "Markey". The time is NOW to bolster a higher profile for 2 or 3 Nationwide democrats for 2016.
    -------------------
    I have been saying exactly the same things since the start of al of this Hillary 2016 talk. Putting all of your eggs into one basket would be the height of stupidity.

    June 12, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |