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In my politcal travels, several have poo-poo’d the importance of endorsements. They are skeptical that the face of a young Mayor, or even a decidely older one, can make any difference in the voter turnout and final results.
My skeptical pals may have overlooked that there is more to endorsements than the momentary media spotlight. A popular Mayor can motivate others to engage the campaign.
Lowell for Elizabeth Warren
Room was crowded behind photographer. See all those Canvass packs? They were gone by the end of the day. More are stacked beside the Mayor for Sunday.
Now, I wrote this diary too late, so we missed the 10am canvass. But, there is the 2pm on deck:
Sunday – September 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Lowell Coordinated Canvass
Field Office at 73 East Merrimack Street
A young Mayor most certainly can bring an impact to the turnout and results. But, without a doubt, a decidedly older Mayor can turn the tide.
“Like many voters, I wanted to get to know Elizabeth Warren. You know how I made up my mind about this election? I thought to myself. What if I wasn’t the Mayor. What if I was just a guy from Hyde Park who had a job with the city. Whose wife was an accountant and worried about their retirement savings. What if I was any guy who wondered how his two kids would send his six grandkids to college. And whether they would have good jobs on the other end. If I wasn’t the Mayor, who would speak up in Washington on my behalf? I thought to myself, if I was any guy from Hyde Park, Elizabeth would have my back, and so I have hers,” said Mayor Menino.
Scott Brown knows that Mayor Menino’s endorsement means a small army of activists will begin to canvass, or “knock & talk.” Rattled by the Menino endorsement, Brown fell back and pulled on his own support, of fomer Mayors.
Brown touted his own endorsements from former Democratic mayors, including former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and former Springfield Mayor Charlie Ryan.
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