The fashions have changed, but for Massachusetts Rep. Marty Meehan and the state’s senior Senator, Edward Kennedy, the activity remains the same — helping out their fellow Bay State Democrats. Back in the fall of 1980, Meehan was working for Massachusetts Rep. Jim Shannon and was on the campaign trail with Kennedy on behalf of Shannon, who was up for re-election. Shannon won that race and served two more terms before retiring in 1985. Meehan eventually won Shannon’s former seat in 1992.
These days, both Meehan and Kennedy have been lending help to another fellow Bay Stater — Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Meehan is an active supporter of the Kerry campaign, raising more money for his bid than any other member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. Kennedy, meanwhile, has been one of Kerry’s most vocal supporters, joining him on the campaign trail in support of his colleague’s presidential bid.