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Local IBEW leader nominates Sanders at DNC

Paul Feeney seconds the nomination of Bernie Sanders for president during the second day of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia Tuesday.
Paul Feeney seconds the nomination of Bernie Sanders for president during the second day of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia Tuesday.Paul Sancya/Associated Press/Associated Press

Monday was Massachusetts day at the Democratic National Convention in Philly, with Elizabeth Warren, Marty Walsh, and Joe Kennedy III all addressing the delegates. But on Tuesday, the Commonwealthy took a star turn, too.

Paul Feeney, legislative director of the Dorchester-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222, offered the seconding speech Tuesday afternoon for US Senator Bernie Sanders. Feeney, who was Sanders’s state director for his presidential campaign, has deep roots in state Democratic politics, having worked for US Representative Stephen Lynch’s 2013 US Senate campaign and in the state Senate.

“I urge you to stay engaged, stay active, stay fired up, because we have shown this country that people-powered politics can never be defeated,” Feeney told his fellow Sanders devotees, drawing loud cheers. Echoing Sanders’s speech Monday night, he went on to urge Democrats in the Wells Fargo Center to get behind Hillary Clinton for the general election.

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Feeney said Wednesday that the Sanders campaign called him Monday night asking him to deliver the seconding speech.

“I think people really needed to hear that message” before the roll call vote that would hand the nomination to Clinton, Feeney said. “It all culminated in that day. We knew the way the math was going to go, but at the same time it was the right thing to do. I wanted to use that opportunity to form that bridge.”


Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.