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Obama Stumps For Markey Ahead Of Special Senate Election

Martinez Monsivais

President Obama spoke to 5000 cheering people at a rally in Boston on Wednesday urging them to help send Democrat Edward Markey to the Senate in the June 25th special election.

   Obama did not mention Markey’s Republican opponent  Gabriel Gomez but the president blamed Republicans in Washington for blocking his initiatives.  On the eve of the president’s visit, Gomez said he was honored  Mr. Obama felt it necessary to campaign in Massachusetts on behalf of Markey

   Markey said he was proud to have the president campaign with him because they share the same values.

   A  Suffolk University poll earlier this week showed Gomez had cut Markey’s once double digit lead in the race to seven points.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.