Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steve Grossman today endorsed Representative Edward J. Markey’s Senate bid, solidifying establishment support as Representative Stephen Lynch and other would-be challengers consider running for the Democratic nomination.
The endorsements from two well-known statewide officeholders come a day after a slew of mayors and legislators from Markey’s Malden-based district offered their support. Grossman, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, is considered a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014 and Coakley won the Democratic nomination for Senate in the 2010 special election, before losing to Republican Scott Brown.
Markey has also secured support from Victoria Kennedy, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Senator John F. Kerry, whose seat will become vacant if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. Kerry’s confirmation hearings began today and a vote is expected next week, paving the way for a special election to replace him in June or July.
Grossman, in his statement, said he has been friends with Markey for 40 years.
“The same strong values he learned growing up in Malden drive him today: integrity, fairness, and opportunity for all,” Grossman said. “Ed combines these principles with passion and creativity that make him not only a valued colleague but also an effective leader both here in Massachusetts and in Washington.”