MEDFORD — Senator-elect Edward J. Markey, coming off what he called “a tremendous victory,” greeted constituents this morning at a local diner. Patrons in the midst of breakfast broke into loud applause as he walked in to Dempsey’s Breakfast & Lunch.
The longtime US representative, who comfortably beat Republican Gabriel E. Gomez in Tuesday’s special election, said he wasn’t sure when he would be sworn in to his new job, but aides expect him to officially become US Senator Markey after the July Fourth holiday weekend.
Despite repeated questions from gathered media outside the diner, Markey declined to discuss his plans for reelection in 2014 or politics, focusing instead on issues of policy.
“The best way to convince people that you deserve to serve them from the state of Massachusetts is to go down and do the work,” he said.
Markey said his top priority in the Senate would be to focus on helping to create more jobs in Massachusetts. “I’m going to work every day to try and make sure that our economy continues to recover,” he said.
Asked whether he would endorse a candidate if there is a Democratic primary in the election to fill his former House seat, Markey said, “I don’t have any plans on that subject.”
Today is the 25th anniversary of Markey’s marriage to Dr. Susan Blumenthal. He said he danced with her to the song “My Girl” at 12:15 a.m. as part of their anniversary celebration.
After shaking hands with everyone in the diner this morning, Markey sat down with some patrons and had a blueberry muffin and a glass of orange juice.
Shortly after 10 a.m., he left, heading to the airport for a flight to Washington, D.C. An aide said Markey was set to cast some of his final votes as a congressman there.