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Governor Patrick offers careful encouragement to Setti Warren's Senate bid

Posted by Your Town  May 11, 2011 10:31 AM

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Governor Deval Patrick, after a summer jobs press conference yesterday, addressed Newton mayor Setti Warren’s candidacy for US Senate, saying “He’s another strong Democrat. He will, I’m sure, run a strong race and I wish him well.”

When asked about whether he would endorse Warren, Patrick hesitated and said, “I’m staying out of contested primaries.”

He continued, saying “I think he’s going to be a terrific candidate. I think we are already seeing a strong Democratic field, and as I’ve said, I intend to work real hard as needed . . . for the nominee.”

Patrick forced Warren's hand in late February when he told an out of town political reporter that Warren and two other potential US Senate candidates "are in, for sure.'' Warren then acknowledged he was considering the bid, which he formally announced this week.

Other Democrats in the US Senate primary race include activist Bob Massie and City Year cofounder Alan Khazei. The winner would face US Sen. Scott Brown.

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