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Letters | THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY HITS THE HOMESTRETCH

State Democrats don’t take orders from DC

Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey at a debate.

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Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey at a debate.

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JOAN VENNOCHI’S column on Steve Lynch (“The party outsider,” Op-ed, April 7) ignores key facts. The state Democratic party is not the national party’s “local enforcer” — the two can, and do, differ on how to handle primaries. As anyone who has been around state party chair John Walsh knows, he is philosophically against “clearing the field.” Marisa DeFranco, who ran against Elizabeth Warren last year, was not “kept off the ballot at the state convention” by the state party establishment. Grassroots activists control the convention, as Deval Patrick proved in 2006, and no one connected better with those activists in 2012 than Warren.

Larry Field

Cambridge

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