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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:00 PM


Running for the grassroots

edmarkey | Wed, Jan 30, 2013 2:37 PM EST

The news is out. I am running for the United States Senate. As I look to the upcoming campaign and consider the great people of Massachusetts, I am humbled by the man who’s seat I hope to fill. John Kerry’s confirmation to represent the United States around the world means that we will continue to be respected, listened to, and involved in promoting peace and prosperity. He has served the Commonwealth with dignity and ferocity, and we all owe John Kerry an enormous debt of gratitude. It is an honor to have worked side-by-side with him in the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, and I am proud to call John my good friend.

Growing up in Malden, I was inspired to run for office by President Kennedy and his brothers Bobby and Teddy. For a young man who was raised in an Irish Catholic home, the Kennedy’s embodied the ideals of public service. With boundless energy fueled by compassion and the commitment to better the quality of life for all Americans, the Kennedy’s made public service the highest calling in Massachusetts and the entire country.

With that inspiration, I began my journey into public service – with no money and no political connections. What I did possess was a confidence in my ability to take my strongly held core values and vision for the future and articulate them to voters. These values are the foundation for my work in Congress – fighting for middle class families, harnessing innovation to create jobs, and protecting consumers from special interests. It has remained my constant belief that a campaign should be about these values and the big issues that directly impact the people of Massachusetts. That is why I am running for the U.S. Senate – to fight for what matters most to the people of the Commonwealth. This special election should be focused on issues and ideas that matter most to the people of Massachusetts – getting dangerous guns off our street and out of our schools, building a clean energy future, and strengthening the middle class. It should be focused on the hopes and concerns of everyday citizens, not attack ads funded by out-of-state special interest groups like the gun lobby and big oil companies.


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