First Lady steps into Mass. Senate race

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May 29, 2013, 6:55 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Ed Markey was all smiles as he left his fundraiser at the Taj Boston saying, "Having her come to town was like a jolt of electricity to my campaign."

With First Lady Michelle Obama as the headliner, the $500 to $36,000 a head event raised more than $600,000 from about 280 people, including Senator Elizabeth Warren.

"Michelle Obama was terrific - she spoke about what we do together. That elections are not about one person, they're not," Warren said.

Warren was a host, along with Senator Mo Cowan and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign committee, all of whom remember well the Democrats' 2010 loss to Scott Brown and are determined not to let it happen again.

Mrs. Obama told the crowd of supporters to max out their contribution to Markey adding, "You simply cannot elect Barack Obama by a landslide and then lose the senate seat because my husband needs Ed Markey in the Senate."

"I have a lot respect for Mrs. Obama. I think she's done a phenomenal job. She's a great role model," Republican hopeful Gabriel Gomez said.

Campaigning in Worcester before a fundraiser of his own, Markey's opponent said he had nothing but respect for Michelle Obama.

"The endorsement I care about is the endorsement of the people of MA on June 25," he added.

Gomez brushed off a complaint that was filed today with the Senate Ethics Committee by a group called "CREW" - citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington.

"CREW" says Gomez failed to name his clients while working for the private equity firm Advent International which the group claims is required by law.

Back at the Markey fundraiser, Democrats say they feel good about the race.

Larry Rasky, a Markey supporter said, "I think if I saw more passion on the other side, I might be a little more concerned given what Scott Brown did, but I think Gomez has turned a lot of people off."

The two candidates face off next week in their first debate.

Tags: Michelle Obama, Alison King, Ed Markey, Taj Boston, gabriel gomez, MA senate race, MA US Senate race
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