Pelosi to Endorse Capuano in Massachusetts Senate Race

By Emily Cadei
Roll Call Staff
Nov. 12, 2009

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will endorse Rep. Mike Capuano (D) on Friday in the Massachusetts Senate special election — throwing her support to a fellow colleague over the EMILY’s List-backed front-runner in the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D).

“Whether taking on the CEOs of the financial services industry, supporting marriage equality, or voting against the Iraq War because he didn’t believe Bush Administration made the case to take military action, Mike Capuano has a proven record of standing up for progressive values and what he believes is right,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Mike’s proven record of accomplishment in the House is clear evidence that he will be an outstanding advocate for the people of Massachusetts in the tradition of the late Senator Kennedy.”

The formal endorsement will come Friday morning at a news conference in Boston.

Capuano is the only Member in the race, and he has already received the endorsements of five out of the nine other members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts House delegation. Kitty Dukakis, wife of former governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, also voiced her support for Capuano earlier this week.

However, the six-term Boston-area Congressman continues to trail well behind state Attorney General Martha Coakley, who remains the clear leader in the Democratic field in the Dec. 8 Senate special election primary.

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