The hard-scrabble working class city of Lowell took center stage in the national struggle for the U.S. Senate today as U.S. Sen. Scott Brown touted the endorsement of Democratic former Mayor Rita Mercier only one day after rival Elizabeth Warren unveiled a Lowell-centric ad. “I won Lowell before, it’s the fourth largest city in Massachusetts. There’s a lot of hard working people, people who did create it on their own, they did get up in the middle of the night to make sure the food was available and the shops were open. This is a hard working city that has some great benefits and some very interesting challenges,” said Brown. “I’m excited to be here, obviously I’m spending a lot of resources and assets here to win Lowell again.”
The Mill City is one of several communities in the Merrimack Valley rich with the kind of independent voters and conservative Democrats who split with Attorney General Martha Coakley and gave Brown the boost he needed to win in 2010. They could make all the difference in a close election between Warren and Brown.
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This article first appeared in the Boston Herald on September 14th, 2012.