With memories of Republican Scott Brown's upset win in the last special Senate election in the deep blue state still fresh, Markey needs Obama et al to remind voters an election is taking place.
“Here in Massachusetts you have a long history of sending smart, tough, hardworking leaders to the Senate, who roll up their sleeves and fight the great battles on behalf of middle-class families and everybody who’s trying to get into the middle class,” he said, before rattling off their names in quick succession: Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Elizabeth Warren.
There was, of course, one recent Massachusetts senator missing from the president’s list: Scott Brown. In 2010, Mr. Brown, a Republican, sent the Democratic Party in this deep blue state into a tailspin when he upset Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election to replace the late Senator Kennedy.
Now, with the special election for Mr. Kerry’s former seat just two weeks away, Representative Markey is leaning on a growing cast of Democratic heavyweights to help him avoid that same fate at the hands of youthful Republican Gabriel Gomez. And he’s using them, by and large, to tout a simple fact – that there is an election at all.