Lynch kicks off Senate campaign with state-wide tour
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Mass. Congressman Stephen Lynch has launched his bid to run for U.S. Senate, hoping to replace soon to be Secretary of State John Kerry.
Lynch kicked off his campaign with a tour of the state Thursday.
This former iron worker and union president is looking to show his mettle in a statewide race.
“I humbly offer and announced my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate,” said Rep. Lynch.
Rep. Lynch was clearly comfortable at the Union Hall not far from the public housing project where he grew up. But how will he do in Worcester, where he shook hands at mid-day? Or Springfield, where his name recognition needs a boost?
That’s where we caught up with Lynch, who said he'll fight for working families.
“I am from a working family and I strapped on a pair of work boots for 18 years. I know what the challenges are for families who are in that position,” said Rep. Lynch.
Lynch said he's energized got this campaign and it will be a sprint just 3 months until the primary April 30.
A congressman for 11 years, Lynch said he's ready to step up to the U.S.
Senate where democrats are in control and he would have more influence.
But he knows he will face a tough fight. Rep. Ed Markey, who won the endorsement of the Democratic Senate Committee and the millions that come along with it, is ready to face him.
“I don't intend to purchase this election, I intend to earn it,” said Rep. Lynch
“I don't have money, but I have people. I have people coming out of the woodwork,” he said.
Rep. Lynch said Markey is a friend, but said he needs to challenge him because Markey has been in Washington since he was in the ninth grade and he feels if you want to shake things up, he’s the right choice.