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Markey Builds Statewide Grassroots Campaign, Collects More Than 52,000 Signatures to Qualify for Senate Ballot

Reasserts Challenge to Republican candidates to commit to the People’s Pledge to keep outside special interest spending out of special election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2013

Contact: Giselle Barry: 781-960-5338, press@edmarkey.org

Medford, MA – Today, in a display of the breadth and strength of his statewide grassroots campaign, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) announced volunteers had collected 52,307 signatures to put his name on the ballot for U.S. Senate, more than any other candidate in the race. Ed was joined on the steps of the Massachusetts State House by supporters from throughout the state, where he thanked the 2,850 volunteers who held 1,123 events over the past 25 days to collect signatures required to put his name on the ballot. Ed, joined by volunteers from Pittsfield, Springfield, Cambridge and Lowell, among others, then marched the tens of thousands of certified signatures to the office of the Secretary of State. Supporters walked with signs listing the number of signatures each city collected and issues such as gun control, equal rights, climate change and job creation as reasons for their support for Ed’s campaign.

“We’re here today because of the commitment and energy of the best volunteers any campaign could have,” said Markey. “I want to thank them all for their hard work, for their time, for their clipboards, and for their belief that no matter where you come from, no matter your circumstances, you can achieve the American Dream: a world-class education; a good job; quality health care; a safe, secure community for your family. That’s why we’re here today, and that’s why I’m running for the U.S Senate.”

Ed used the event to reiterate his challenge to all of the Republican Senate candidates to take the People’s Pledge to keep outside special interests like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers out of the Massachusetts Senate election.

“Now, as the Republican candidates submit their signatures to qualify for the ballot, I once again challenge all of them to follow the lead of Scott Brown in the last Senate race, and immediately say yes to the People’s Pledge and no to outside negative advertising polluting our airwaves,” said Markey.

This past weekend, Ed kicked off the next phase of his grassroots campaign with dozens of grassroots strategy sessions attended by more than 600 volunteer leaders. At the sessions, leaders learned how to bring Ed’s message of a safer, healthier and more prosperous Massachusetts to the street and door-to-door.

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