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Always glad to see party unity in a big race like the Massachusetts 2013 Special Election:

Ed Markey is working to shore up his base with a campaign stop in Quincy, Mass. - a place where he was trounced during the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate by fellow Congressman Steven Lynch.
But Lynch is now campaigning for his former opponent.

"He is a warrior for the working class, and with him as my partner now," Markey said of Lynch, "I think we're going to do very, very well down in this entire greater Quincy area." - NECN, 6/2/13

By the way, Markey's other opponent has been incredibly helpful with fueling his campaign:

A fundraising push by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on behalf of Massachusetts Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) more than doubled a goal set by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who blasted out a request for donations for Republican Gabriel Gomez last week.

On Friday, McConnell, via the National Republican Senatorial Committee, asked Republicans to donate to Gomez's campaign, promising to match donations three times, up to a total commitment of $32,000 ahead of the May fundraising deadline.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16:  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing April 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans had their weekly Policy Luncheon to discuss Republican agendas.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"A Republican majority in the Senate begins with your support today," McConnell wrote in the email message. "Securing a victory for Gabriel Gomez.. is crucial to taking back the Senate and removing Harry Reid from power. Help us put the reins on an out of control Washington D.C. and begin changing course."

Warren, in turn, asked supporters to match McConnell's goal.

"Mitch McConnell said it himself: Gabriel Gomez will help right-wing Republicans and Tea Party radicals to stop President Obama's agenda," Warren wrote in a Friday email. "If Mitch McConnell can raise $32,000 for Gabriel Gomez today, why don’t we match it for our friend Ed Markey?"

According to a Warren aide, the email raised $65,000 for Markey's campaign.  - Huffington Post, 6/2/13

And that fundraising money is going to be very useful in turning out the vote:

Carl Nilsson, Markey’s field director, said the campaign has been structured “very much on the tops of the shoulders of Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama,” borrowing get-out-the-vote tactics and staff.

Nilsson, who worked for both Warren and Obama as well as Governor Deval Patrick, said the Markey campaign has nearly 11,000 active volunteers, including almost 700 people in “leadership roles.” The campaign modeled a fellowship program after the Obama campaign’s that, Nilsson said, has produced 246 seasoned campaign workers, 143 of whom are still with the campaign.

In all, as of Thursday, Nilsson said, volunteers had worked 97,986 hours and attempted to contact 1,016,000 people through door-knocking or phone calls. During this weekend, Nilsson said, the campaign planned to knock on 50,000 doors.

“I see very much the same methodology, the same spirit, the same commitment that I saw when I did the get-out-the-vote for the governor that I did in 2010, that I did working with Elizabeth Warren in 2012, that I’ve seen working for the president for the last two-and-a-half years,” Nilsson said. “We just basically take all the lessons from the last campaigns, and we apply it.” - Boston Globe, 6/2/13

The Special Election is June 25th.  If you would like to get involved with the Markey campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Massachusetts Kosmopolitans, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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