By Adam Reilly
June 2, 2012
BOSTON — The chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party has predicted that U.S. Senate candidate Marisa DeFranco will be on the primary ballot this fall — even though Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed her opponent, frontrunner Elizabeth Warren, on Thursday.
DeFranco needs backing from 15 percent of the delegates at this weekend's Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Springfield. Walsh said that shouldn't be a problem.
"It's a pretty foregone conclusion that Elizabeth Warren will get the endorsement of the convention, and Marisa will get her 15 percent," he said. "We've been doing this for 30 years, endorsing at conventions, and no one has ever gotten 86 percent."
The threshold was deliberately set low, he said. "There are people in the party who just believe competition's a benefit, and Marisa's been working hard."