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The Springfield Republican – Editorial: Ed Markey our choice in Democratic race for Senate

Massachusetts Democrats – determined to avoid another Scott Brown-like upset in the June 25 special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John F. Kerry – are preparing to go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a strong standard bearer to face the winner of the Republican primary.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, 66, and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, 58, both colleagues in the House of Representatives, have been waging a lively battle that has gotten more heated as their primary campaigns see the finish line.

Markey, a 37-year veteran of legislative action, has proudly touted his record on issues that resonate with Democratic voters from health care to global warming. He voted for Obamacare, he has long been a champion of the environment and he’s been a vocal supporter of gun control and a woman’s right to choose. Our page has championed those causes as well.

Lynch, the former iron worker who has served as the congressman for South Boston for 12 years, has bucked the Democratic party on some critical pieces of legislation. He voted against Obamacare over a technicality in the bill and turned a stubborn ear to the bill’s supporters including President Obama and Edward M. Kennedy’s widow Vicki Kennedy.

Our endorsement goes to Markey. He better embodies the values of the Democratic Party and he has proven over the years that he can work on both sides of the aisle to get things done in Washington. His work ethic mirrors that of Massachusetts political leaders who have raised this small state’s stature to national prominence.

He deserves to move over to the Senate.

We applaud both candidates for their vigorous campaigns. And we hope the voters will reward their efforts by turning up at the polls on Tuesday.