Markey gets two key endoresments: MTA and NEA

The largest union in Massachusetts endorsed Ed Markey for senate today: The Massachusetts Teachers Association, with 110,000 members in virtually every community in the state, gave their full support to Congessman Markey. Here’s an excerpt:

“Congressman Markey has been a strong and effective advocate for public education and the rights of working men and women,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “He knows how to get things done. He is intelligent, hard-working and principled. If Ed Markey is elected, we are confident he will fight as hard for students and public education in the U.S. Senate as he has done in the House.”

At the same time, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional services organization, threw their support to Markey after interviewing both candidates.  From the same MTA web page linked above:

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, “Ed Markey has been a friend of educators, students and organized labor for over 30 years. NEA is proud to stand behind him for U.S. Senate. Representative Markey has fought hard for Massachusetts workers and families, protecting vital programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and education from cuts. He’s shown unwavering commitment to educators and students during his career in Congress, and that’s exactly the kind of education advocate we need in the Senate.”

After interviewing the candidates and reviewing their voting records and responses to a questionnaire, the MTA’s Candidate Recommendation Committee voted to recommend Markey to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the NEA’s political action committee. The NEA formally approved that recommendation today.

We’ll be gathering signatures for Ed this weekend and next in the Milford area – see you on the campaign trail!

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10 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. Just for the record

    The MTA is the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Education Association, so that’s more like one endorsement. Picking a nit I know.

    That said, congrats to Congressman Markey and his campaign on a very important endorsement. MTA does both membership and good voter outreach better than most.

  2. Where is the post about Ed Markey being endorsed by Harry Reid?

    Didn’t everyone get the Feb 2nd email? Why does Harry Reid prefer Ed Markey? Doesn’t everyone admire Harry Reid’s leadership, like on the filibuster reform, or actually passing a budget? Why no mention?

    We don’t need a coat holder for Harry Reid. We need someone to represent the people, the middle class, who don’t have a large union protecting them like the MTA? I am not impressed with this endorsement.

    Also, I cringe whenever I read “Markey has fought hard for Massachusetts workers and families”. That all depends where and what you do for work, don’t it?

  3. Does anyone know of signature efforts for Markey in Boston?

    Our Ward Committee meeting is not until the 27th, and I would like to sign Markey’s papers, despite living in Lynch’s district.

    • I've emailed your question to Kate Donaghue, Mike

      Either she’ll know, or she’ll find out!

      • Boston Events for SIgnatures

        I see Boston signature gathering events for 10 AM to 6 PM on 2/15, 2/8, 2/22 and 2/23. I see Brighton event for 10 AM to 6 PM on 2/23 and 2/24. I see and East Boston event for 10 AM to 6 PM on 2/23. Contact the HQ in Charlestown, which is of course Boston, at 617-337-3086.

    • Hi Mike

      Feel free to email me and I can get you contact info for your congressional district @ the Markey campaign —> abs0628 “at”

  4. That pretty much settles it for me.

    My union endorses Markey. Dan the Hallucinogen endorses Stephen Lynch.

    Who says endorsements don’t matter?

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