Rep. Mike Festa (D-Melrose) will announce tomorrow (Wednesday) that he is endorsing Gerry Leone for Middlesex County District Attorney, according to a source close to the Leone campaign. The source reports that Festa’s announcement is set for 3:00 pm on the steps of the State House.
Festa was a candidate for Middlesex DA before leaving the race in mid-February, and he had picked up support from progressive legislators and citizens. Leone’s opponent, Jarrett Barrios, has the backing of some progressives, but Festa’s endorsement of Leone seems likely to burnish Leone’s credentials with as-yet uncommitted progressives. Some Festa backers had already announced that they would back Leone after Festa withdrew from the race; Festa’s formal endorsement of Leone seems likely to accelerate that trend, and therefore doesn’t seem like good news for Barrios.
After interviewing Leone, I wrote that I thought there was a lot more to Leone than just his undeniably impressive resume as a prosecutor. It would appear that Mike Festa thinks so too. I’ll be interested to see what Festa has to say tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE: The Leone campaign has just put out a media advisory confirming the event for 3 pm in front of the State House.