The news is out. I am running for the United States Senate. As I look to the upcoming campaign and consider the great people of Massachusetts, I am humbled by the man whose seat I hope to fill. John Kerry’s confirmation to represent the United States around the world means that we will continue to be respected, listened to, and involved in promoting peace and prosperity. He has served the Commonwealth with dignity and ferocity, and we all owe John Kerry an enormous debt of gratitude. It is an honor to have worked side-by-side with him in the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, and I am proud to call John my good friend.
Growing up in Malden, I was inspired to run for office by President Kennedy and his brothers Bobby and Teddy. For a young man who was raised in an Irish Catholic home, the Kennedys embodied the ideals of public service. With boundless energy fueled by compassion and the commitment to better the quality of life for all Americans, the Kennedys made public service the highest calling in Massachusetts and the entire country.
With that inspiration, I began my journey into public service – with no money and no political connections. What I did possess was a confidence in my ability to take my strongly held core values and vision for the future and articulate them to voters. These values are the foundation for my work in Congress – fighting for middle class families, harnessing innovation to create jobs, and protecting consumers from special interests. It has remained my constant belief that a campaign should be about these values and the big issues that directly impact the people of Massachusetts. That is why I am running for the U.S. Senate – to fight for what matters most to the people of the Commonwealth. This special election should be focused on issues and ideas that matter most to the people of Massachusetts – getting dangerous guns off our street and out of our schools, building a clean energy future, and strengthening the middle class. It should be focused on the hopes and concerns of everyday citizens, not attack ads funded by out-of-state special interest groups like the gun lobby and big oil companies.
One other critical element of every campaign I have run is my deep appreciation and full respect for the power of grassroots organizing. With my campaign for U.S. Senate, I plan to build the largest and most potent grassroots organizing effort that this Commonwealth has ever witnessed. And to win this election, we need this movement to be one that ensures that every Democrat, Independent and, yes, even those Republicans who share my values and vision for the future, show up to vote on Election Day. I plan to fuel this campaign with volunteers who go family member to family member, street to street, and neighborhood to neighborhood, knocking on doors and engaging in an honest conversation about my candidacy and the values behind it.
That’s why I hired Carl Nilsson as the campaign’s field director. Carl was the Massachusetts state director for Obama for America, and in 2010 was responsible for organizing the historic coordinated Get-Out-The-Vote operation for Governor Patrick, which saw the building of a precinct level statewide field organization without equal at that time.
I thank the Blue Mass Group for providing this forum so that Bay State progressives can exchange ideas and strategies for success, and for allowing me to share my commitment to the people of Massachusetts and the issues that matter most to them.
I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail.