Congresswoman Pressley endorses Gerly Adrien

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s fiery speech in front of a large and boisterous crowd of supporters at the Kryol Restaurant on Main Street for Councilor at Large candidate Gerly Adrien Sunday afternoon ranks as one of the most memorable speeches ever delivered by a politician in this city’s history, bar none.

It is memorable because the congresswoman spits fire. She speaks extemporaneously in front of a crowd with extraordinary power and verve, almost shouting out her beliefs in clear, concise, unequivocal terms.

She spoke about endemic racial, social, economic and intellectual inequality here in Everett and throughout the sprawling district she represents, which was once represented by John F. Kennedy when he was starting out.

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Hello, Ayanna

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By Josh Resnek

Nothing lasts forever.

This was proven rather decisively by Congressman Mike Capuano’s stunning across the board loss to the Congressman to be, Ayanna Pressley.

We endorsed Mike here in Everett out of 20 years of loyalty and the belief that Mike had done a stellar job in a rather bad political environment, especially during the past few years.

Mike carried Everett over Pressley (above) by a whopping 1,500 votes but everywhere else he lost or came close even in Somerville, his home base, which he lost by less than 200 votes.

We welcome Pressley.

She has our support entirely as Mike had our support. We don’t really know her but we trust and hope she will do the right thing for Everett and for all the cities and towns in our district.

She has scored a phenomenal victory.

There is a thing about showing magnanimity in victory and magnanimity in defeat.

Mike showed great magnanimity in defeat.

He welcomed Pressley and offered her his support graciously by conceding early on primary night.

Pressley showed magnanimity in victory by praising the fallen Mike.

She reacted to her win with unabashed happiness.

Again, we welcome her here in Everett, our new Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley!

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On The Election

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By Josh Resnek

It was a hot, sultry primary day Tuesday.

When it all ended late Tuesday night with the results at city hall, well, the people had spoken loudly and clearly.

The election after all is the ultimate poll.

The vote of the people is the ultimate endorsement.

So many people invested so much in this primary election battle.

Stat Smith, Gerly Adrien and the rep all wanted very badly to win.

When all the votes were counted there was only one winner.

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PRIMARY ELECTION

Pressley Prevails

Adrien Almost Beats Rep. in Close On

By Josh Resnek

Ayanna Pressley defeated 20 year Congressman Mike Capuano in a stunning upset of the durable Somerville politician.

She becomes the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Her victory was perceived as a changing of the guard.

Capuano outspent her by 2-1 yet she mobilized coalitions in all the major communities in the district to beat the 66-year old Capuano.

Pressley is 44.

Capuano won Everett commandingly but lost in the major suburbs and Boston. He conceded at about 9 p.m. Capuano’s vote in Everett was 2,798 to Pressley’s 1,497. Locally, the rep beat out Gerly Adrien by 1,968 to 1,800 or 168 votes.

It was a surprisingly close victory for the rep.

Smith was never in the race from the announcement of the first results.

He received 893 votes.

Although the vote needs to be studied, it is believed the turnout included the largest vote by minority men and women living in this city in its history.

It was a substantially larger than expected turnout in Everett for the rep race.

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