Lynch kicked off his campaign Thursday at O’Brien’s Corner restaurant in Springfield in western Massachusetts, a part of the state where few voters know much about him, and where the people are generally skeptical of Boston-based politicians. Fellow Democratic Congressman Edward Markey had previously announced a run for the seat.
Lynch, supported by some union members, acknowledged being the underdog, but says voters deserve a choice. He calls Markey a Washington insider and touts his own working class roots as a former iron worker.
Retiree Kathleen Murphy, a local Democratic activist, says she doesn’t know much about Lynch or Markey, but wanted to hear about Lynch in “his own words.”