BOSTON – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer was in Boston on Monday, August 17, to endorse Joseph p. Kennedy III for U.S. Senate during a press conference
The primary race is on September 1, and only one Democrat will move on to the November election ballot.
Framingham Mayor Spicer calls Markey’s remarks about the Kennedy family a “low blow” and says that while she likes Sen. Markey, “it’s time for change,” reported the Boston Herald.
“I have come here today to talk about my family, something most of you know I don’t do very often,” says Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.
Kennedy says Markey lacks “political courage” and has been on the wrong side of racial justice issues his uncle stood up for.
Most polls have the race a dead heat, but a UMass Poll last week had Markey in the lead, after earlier polls this summer, had Kennedy in the lead.
Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has endorsed Markey for the seat, as has U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
“You can learn a lot about a person by the company they keep,” said Mayor Spicer. “That is why I am even prouder to stand here with other black leaders from across the Commonwealth, who knows Joe … he stands for us.”
“Justice is not just a buzzword, it’s a foundation from which all else rises,” said the Framingham Mayor. “because he understands that Black America has been asked to be patient for far too long.”
“Because he is with us not when it is convenient, or comfortable, but when it is necessary.” said Mayor Spicer. “And when it is right.”
Mayor Spicer said “just two days ago he stood with me in Framingham, as the only federal official who stood in Framingham, to demand justice for Eurie Stamps.
Eurie Stamps Sr., an unarmed black man was killed in his pajamas in his own home in January 2011, when a member of the Framingham Police SWAT team shot him. The police officer and investigation showed it was an accidental shooting, as the officer said he tripped when he had his finger on the trigger. The police were looking for Stamps’ step-son on a drug warrant. He was found outside the home.
The crowd on Saturday wanted Mayor Spicer to request the case be re-opened and for Framingham Police Officer Paul Duncan to be fired. The Mayor said nothing about either item during her speech on Saturday to the crowd.
Kennedy “knows the work does not end when you show up once, or twice, it ends when justice is served.”