(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Mayor Jon Mitchell endorsed U.S. Rep. Ed Markey for U.S. Senate at a small rally at his Pleasant Street campaign office Sunday afternoon, The Standard-Times reports.
Markey was not present for the endorsement, as he had other campaign commitments that prevented him from making it, but Mayor Mitchell spoke highly of him in front of 20 or so Markey supporters.
"I am supporting him because I think he's the best candidate for the city. We need someone who can go to bat for us and work both sides of the aisle," Mitchell said.
The mayor said that Markey would continue to stand up for South Coast and that he understood the needs of the fishing industry.
Mayor Mitchell said that his endorsement came so close to the June 25 election because of scheduling conflicts.
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