Mass. politicians reacting to John McCain’s cancer diagnosis extol his toughness, bravery

“No one is tougher than Senator John McCain. Period.”

Representative Joe Kennedy III and Senator John McCain appear at American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times debut gala at Smithsonian American Art Museum on May 2, 2017. Larry French/Getty Images for WS Productions

The Massachusetts delegation is wishing Arizona Sen. John McCain well in his fight against cancer.

Many Bay State Democrats were quick to point out the Republican’s bravery and military service — McCain was shot down while serving as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War and held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years.

Rep. Jim McGovern called the Arizona lawmaker a “true American hero.”

“No one is tougher than Senator John McCain. Period,” Senator Ed Markey tweeted.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose great-uncle the late senator Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with the same cancer, said there’s no one “stronger and braver” than McCain.


Fellow senate colleague Elizabeth Warren said the Republican is “still in fighting shape.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker were among the Massachusetts politicians who reacted to the news on social media.

Other members of the congressional delegation said their thoughts and prayers were with the senator, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, and his family.