December 28, 2012 Don’t call it an endorsement, but Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is backing Rep. Ed Markey (D) in the special election for his seat. “While I began last week to formally step out of politics and it’s very important that I respect the apolitical nature of the post I hope to soon occupy, as Massachusetts’ senior senator today and as a colleague of Ed Markey’s for 28 years, I’m excited to learn of and support his decision to run for the United States Senate,” Kerry said in a statement. Assuming he wins Senate confirmation, Kerry will take over for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton some time after the inauguration. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will appoint an interim senator to replace him, and there will be a special election later in the year. A Kerry aide says that the future diplomat will be voting for Markey. But his statement never uses the word “endorse.” “Ed’s one of the most experienced and capable legislators in the entire Congress and it would be an almost unprecedented occasion for such an accomplished legislator to join the Senate able to hit the ground running on every issue of importance to Massachusetts,” Kerry wrote. The statement from Kerry was sent out by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter, a move that might send a signal to other would-be candidates. Markey, a veteran House member and dean of the Massachusetts delegation, entered the race Thursday. “I am humbled and honored to have his strong support in this race,” Markey said in response to Kerry’s announcement, the Boston Herald reports. A recent poll suggests that any Democratic candidate will face a formidable foe in Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass), who lost to Elizabeth Warren in the fall and has made no secret of his desire to return to office.
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