Obama Stumps for Markey in Boston

President Barack Obama arrived in Boston Wednesday to headline a campaign rally for Democrat Ed Markey, hoping to give him a boost over Republican Gabriel Gomez in the state’s special election for Senate.  

President Obama put his arm around Congressman Markey and waved to the crowd of thousands at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury. 

“I’ve got to have folks in the United States Senate who are willing to stand up for working people just like I have,” said Obama. “I need folks in the United States Senate who everyday are waking up thinking about the people who sent them there and thinking ‘how do I make sure I get them a brighter future?’  That’s who Ed Markey is.  I need Ed Markey in the United States Senate.”

Obama described Markey as a fighter for the environment, gun control and the middle class. 

The campaign stop comes as Obama is facing a string of controversies from the IRS targeting conservative groups to widespread NSA surveillance.  The struggles have cut into his public approval ratings, but that was hard to tell from the adoring reception he got in Roxbury.

Supporter Hattie Thorpe from Dorchester defended the man she calls her favorite president:

“They’re trying to blame him for everything.  Everything that comes up, it’s obama’s fault.  But he didn’t create these situations,” said Thorpe.

In welcoming Obama from the stage, Markey underscored the importance of this election to the president’s agenda.  Meanwhile, Markey’s opponent, Gabriel Gomez sent an open letter to the president, welcoming him to Boston and saying he wants to work with the president if he wins.

The special election takes place June 25th.