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Pipefitters and electricians on their lunch break from the Vertex construction project on Fan Pier sipped sodas and wiped away sweat Monday afternoon, as the nation’s most junior Senate delegation made its way down the sidewalk.
Elizabeth Warren went first, shaking hands, complimenting T-shirts. Then came Ed Markey, following Warren. After she crossed the sidewalk to shake a few more hands, Markey did the same.
Warren posed for photos with the workers. Then it was Markey’s turn.
This is how it is likely to go for the duo, over the next 16 months anyway. Markey, the victor in last month’s Senate special election to fill the remainder of the term won by John F. Kerry in 2008, is the junior partner in both chronology and celebrity. Politically, it makes sense for him to affiliate himself as tightly with Warren as possible. Monday’s will not be their last joint photo shoot.