A little Masshole self-indulgence, here. Per Janet Wu at Boston’s WCVB (Ch.5), “Pelosi not taking sides in special election“:
BOSTON —House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday sidestepped questions about the special democratic US Senate primary between two of her colleagues.
Pelosi was in Boston to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the family medical leave act.
Most of those attending the event were Democrats and union organizers. They were surprised to learn Pelosi, a prolific fundraiser, wasn’t here to raise money. Neither Markey nor Lynch were invited to the event.
Asked why she wasn’t weighing in on this race, Pelosi avoided answering directly.
“Senator — oh, ah, Congressman Markey has been the lead on issues that relate to health care and climate change and job creation,” said Pelosi. “Mr. Lynch has been interested in our national security and the rest.”
It was widely reported when she was House Speaker that she and Lynch, the only member of the New England delegation to vote against Obama Care, exchanged harsh words just before the vote in 2010…
Well, a lady’s allowed to have a preference, even if she’s pragmatic about working with whichever Democrat takes the seat after June 25th. Video at the link.
First televised debate(s) scheduled for this Wednesday — half an hour for the two Democrats, followed by half an hour for the three Republicans. I’m not planning to liveblog, but I’ll let you know if any “news”is made — in other words, if one or another candidate embarrasses himself. Primary voting at the end of April, and then the locals can concentrate on making sure that Ed Markey (probably, hopefully) moves up to the Senate and helps return Speaker Pelosi in 2014!