SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch has officially launched his bid for U.S. Senate in a part of the state where few voters know much about him, and where the people are generally skeptical of Boston-based politicians.
Lynch appeared Thursday at O'Brien's Corner restaurant in Springfield to kick off his campaign for John Kerry's seat. Fellow Democratic Congressman Edward Markey had previously formally announced a run for the seat.
Lynch, supported by some union members, acknowledged being the underdog, but said voters deserve a choice. He called Markey a Washington insider and touted his own working class roots as a former iron worker.
Retiree Kathleen Murphy, a Democratic activist in the western Massachusetts city, says she doesn't know much about Lynch or Markey, but wanted to hear about Lynch in "his own words."