Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Brockton area next week on behalf of US Representative Edward J. Markey, the Democratic Senate nominee told state lawmakers Thursday, according to several people in the room.
In a meeting with dozens of Democratic legislators at a Boston hotel before a State House ceremony honoring the late governor Argeo Paul Cellucci, Markey said that this weekend’s campaign stop in Worcester by former president Bill Clinton would be followed by a vice-presidential visit.
Biden would be the fourth major national Democrat in less than a month to come to Markey’s aid in his special Senate election campaign against private equity investor and former Navy SEAL Gabriel E. Gomez. Michelle Obama came to Boston last month and President Obama rallied a Roxbury Crossing crowd on Wednesday.
Markey campaign officials declined to comment.
— JIM O’SULLIVAN
Meanwhile, the GOP figure perhaps most popular in Massachusetts, former senator Scott P. Brown, has been largely off-stage. Brown, who opted against seeking the seat himself, has not lent Gomez’s campaign the star wattage that came with his pulling off a historic election upset three years ago for the Senate.
On Thursday, Brown said he had contributed to Gomez’s campaign, assisted with fund-raising, and already voted absentee for Gomez, in anticipation of spending Election Day in his role as a FOX News contributor.
Leaving the State House with his wife, Gail, and daughter Ayla after paying respects to late governor Paul Cellucci, Brown told the Globe he was willing to do more.
Asked whether he would actively campaign with Gomez, Brown replied, “Whatever they need.” Would he appear at a Gomez rally? “If my schedule allows it, yeah,” Brown said.
For their part, the Gomez campaign said it is comfortable with Brown’s level of support on the campaign trail.
“He’s given counsel and money and stay tuned,” said Gomez adviser Lenny Alcivar.
— JIM O’SULLIVAN