Massachusetts SEIU endorses Ed Markey in special Senate election
Following a political forum with questions ranging from immigration reform to health care, the Massachusetts Service Employees International Union voted to endorse Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in the special Senate election.
According to Cliff Cohn, chair of the SEIU’s state council and moderator of the forum between Markey and Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, Markey’s answers most closely aligned with the members’ collective views.
“Ed Markey will be a strong advocate for working families in Massachusetts,” Cohn said in a statement. “On immigration reform, health care, the federal budget and other issues important to the 85,000 SEIU members statewide, Ed Markey will stand up for the people of Massachusetts in the Senate.”
While Markey and Lynch answered questions from SEIU members at their union hall in Dorchester last Saturday, their responses were being rated on scorecards by members. Those rankings were the primary factor in determining who got the endorsement, although the SEIU reports that the state council also took into account questionnaires completed by the candidates.