Flanagan endorses Lynch for Senate
By Chris Camire, ccamire@sentinelandenterprise. com
Posted: 03/12/2013 06:32:25 AM EDT
BOSTON -- State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan endorsed U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch Monday in his race against colleague Ed Markey for the Democratic nomination in the special election for U.S. Senate.
Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, said she thinks Lynch is the best advocate for "working families."
"He's a very hands-on elected official," said Flanagan. "He's not someone who we will have to go looking for. I'm confident he will have a presence in North Central Massachusetts."
Flanagan, who is the Senate Ways and Means Committee vice chairwoman, also said she admires the work Lynch has done to combat opioid drug abuse.
Flanagan hosted an organizational meeting for Lynch supporters at the Knights of Columbus in Leominster on Sunday. Lynch attended the event.
Flanagan's endorsement comes on the same day a national environmental-advocacy group is pledging to spend $650,000 to help elect Markey. The League of Conservation Voters said it hopes to knock on the doors of more than 200,000 likely Democratic voters before the April 30 primary.
The group plans to distribute fliers describing Markey as someone who's spent his career protecting the environment and fighting climate change.
Markey and Lynch have signed a pledge to discourage outside groups from spending money on television, radio and internet ads and campaign mailings.
The League of Conservation Voters says it's not planning to mail flyers.
The group said it hopes to reach many
of the same voters contacted last year during a similar campaign in support of Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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