I figured you all could use some good Saturday night music and news, especially you Carole King fans out there:


As Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey ramps up his campaign against Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez ahead of the June 25 election, he's enlisting the aid of some big names including his would-be colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, singer Carole King and even first lady Michelle Obama.

Markey, who has served in Congress since 1976, has a big day on Monday starting off with Warren helping him at a phone bank in Framingham from noon to 2 p.m. Later in the evening, Markey will arrive at a fundraiser hosted by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., and headlined by the Grammy-award winning King.

The two-hour concert is slated to take place at The Beehive on Tremont Street in Boston starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

For a $100 contribution to Markey's campaign, guests can have standing-room access to the King concert. $1,000 will buy you a chair and a $2,600 gift to Markey will land you in the "priority seating" section, according to an invitation to the event.

Co-hosts for the high-profile event include big names in Boston's political fundraising scene, including Shanti Fry, who worked to help Warren raise a record amount of campaign cash in 2012.

And on Wednesday, May 29, Markey will get a special boost from the first lady as Mrs. Obama is scheduled to stump for the Senate hopeful in an event at the Taj Boston, a luxury hotel on Arlington Street. - The Republican, 5/10/13

Polls show Markey (D) with the lead over Gomez (R) but the lead varies in each poll:


A new WBUR poll shows U.S. Rep. Edward Markey leading former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez 41 to 35 percent in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

Markey’s six-point edge expands to an eight-point margin — 46 to 38 percent — when undecided voters leaning toward one candidate or the other are included.

“Either way you look at it — with leaners or without leaners — you’ve got a race within single digits coming out of the primary,” says Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. “You’ve got a competitive race.”

The WBUR poll is in line with a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Friday that showed a tight race — 44 to 40 percent for Markey, a Democrat. But it differs sharply from a Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll, released Wednesday night, that gives Markey a 52 to 35 percent lead.

Whatever the spread, the WBUR poll suggests plenty of room for movement before Election Day on June 25.

Nearly one in four voters are still undecided. And political newcomer Gomez, if far better known than he was just weeks ago, remains undefined for much of the public.

While 37 percent of poll respondents have a favorable view of Gomez and 16 percent have an unfavorable view, nearly half have no opinion of the candidate or haven’t heard of him.

“People are starting to get a sense of who he is; he’s not wholly undefined,” Koczela says. “But he still has a ways to go in defining himself. And that really cuts both ways, because he’ll be trying to define himself and the Markey campaign will be trying to define him.” - 90.9 WBUR, 5/8/13

The election is Tuesday, June 25th.  If you would like to donate or get involved with Markey's campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:57 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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