The difference between supporting Markey’s “decision to run” and a full-throated endorsement may be minor. A Kerry aide said Kerry would be voting for Markey.
Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy who is rumored to be a possible interim appointee to the Senate until a special election can be held, also threw her support behind Markey, calling him “the best person to continue in the tradition of John Kerry.”
“Ed is the dean of the Massachusetts delegation and has been an exceptional Congressman for his District. He’s respected nationally for his energetic leadership on issues relating to the environment, energy and technology,” Kennedy said in a statement circulated shortly after Kerry’s.
Tsongas, of Lowell, considered her own campaign to follow in the footsteps of her late husband, Paul Tsongas, but announced yesterday she would not seek the seat after being elected to her third full term in November.