Rep. Stephen Lynch believes he has two issues to overcome before he even gets to a general election for the U.S. Senate.
They are name recognition across the Bay State and Rep. Ed Markey, who has the backing of the Democratic Party.
"[The Democratic Party] has discouraged people from supporting me," Lynch stated.
With that underdog mindset, Lynch officially launched his campaign for U.S. Senate Thursday morning at O'Briens Corner. The representative from the state's 8th District believes voters, not money, should determine the outcome of the race.
"Shame on us if we allow somebody to purchase the election and clear the field without even having a choice," said Lynch.
The congressman believes his appeal will come from more moderate voters, similar to that of former Sen. Scott Brown, who could be the Republican candidate for the open seat.
"I actually went out to a work site," said Lynch. "I had welding tools in the back of my truck. I actually think that my working-class credentials are legitimate."
A key concern going forward will be voter enthusiasm.
Lynch said the secretary of state predicts a 15 to 17 percent turnout in this special election.
"Just having that grassroots organization to go out and be able to touch people is going to be extremely important to all of the candidates," Lynch stated.
Lynch has 30 days to collect the necessary 10,000 signatures and get on the ballot. Once he is there, he believes his history will allow him to stand out from Markey.
"If they look at our records and they look at our lives, they will realize that when I go to the U.S. Senate, they will go to the U.S. Senate," said Lynch.
Lynch said Western Massachusetts will be a pivotal part of his campaign, saying the gridlock in Washington has hit the area harder than other parts of the state.
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