State Rep. Robert Fennell has endorsed Congressman Stephen Lynch in his bid for the office of United States Senator.
Fennell made the announcement during Lynch’s visit to the city last week. Lynch began his campaign stop at the Capitol Diner that is owned by Fennell.
Fennell said he and Lynch began their legislative careers together in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1995.
“We were elected in 1994 and began in the Legislature together – Senator [Tom] McGee was in the same class of 30 freshman reps that went in together. Steve and I became friends and I watched his career blossom in the State Senate and he then ran for Congress.”
Fennell said Lynch called and told him that he would be seeking the U.S. Senate seat previously held by John Kerry, the new secretary of state. “Mo” Cowan is serving as the interim U.S. Senator.
“When he called, I was more than happy to endorse a good friend like Steve Lynch,” said Fennell. “He’s never forgotten where he came from. He’s someone who nothing was given to him but opportunities and he took the chance with those opportunities and took on some elections that no one thought he would win.
Fennell said Lynch would be a good senator who would best represent the interests of the residents of Lynn.
“Steve is an ironworker, a family man, and a guy from South Boston first. He does his job. He remains loyal to the district that has re-elected him. I think he’ll do good things for Lynn. Steve is a hard-working congressman who will go to the U.S. Senate and represent our state well and remember his roots and what has made him who he is today.”
Lynch said he was “very happy” to receive Fennell’s endorsement.
“Bob is a great leader here in Lynn and at the State House,” said Lynch. “I’m extremely proud and happy that my friend has endorsed me. Bob has always been a common sense Democrat. He’s always shown a deep and personal care about the people he represents and I’m just very proud to be associated with him and absolutely delighted to have his endorsement.”