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.”
Lisa and I have John McCain in our prayers tonight. A true American hero and fighter as tough as they come. Wishing you strength, John. pic.twitter.com/R4eNNhnAsM
— Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) July 20, 2017
“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.
Praying for @SenJohnMcCain and his family tonight. You won’t meet any stronger and braver than him.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) July 20, 2017
Fellow senate colleague Elizabeth Warren said the Republican is “still in fighting shape.”
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 20, 2017
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker were among the Massachusetts politicians who reacted to the news on social media.
Very sad to hear about the diagnosis of an American hero & a true patriot @SenJohnMcCain. Sending prayers from Boston to him & his family.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a war hero, a Patriot, a statesman and one tough guy. Proud to be his friend and praying and rooting for his recovery.
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 20, 2017
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.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) July 20, 2017
Wishing @SenJohnMcCain a full and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with the Senator and his family.
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) July 20, 2017