Senate race: Pagliuca has high praise for rivals
Addressing a subdued crowd of supporters, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pagliuca said Tuesday night might not be a total loss.
“Of course right now at the Garden we have another race going,” Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, joked as he conceded the primary victory to Attorney General Martha Coakley. “Hopefully, I’ll be one for two tonight.”
As supporters chanted “we believe in Steve!” Pagliuca thanked his family and campaign workers, “who pulled this together in 82 days” and the people of Massachusetts, “who brought me into their homes and hearts as I traveled every nook and cranny of the state.”
Pagliuca had kind words for his former rivals as well. He commended Alan Khazei “for attracting new people to the process.”
He praised U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Somerville, and said he would “continue to support him in Congress for all the great things he’s doing.”
Finally, he congratulated Coakley “for running a fantastic race” and pledged to “help her in any way I possibly can.”
Earlier in the evening, the mood at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, a South End vocational school founded in 1908, was downbeat.
While they waited for the returns to come in, Pagliuca’s supporters munched on sushi rolls and beef kabobs while balloons in Celtic green and white hung overhead.
A single TV screen in one corner alternated between news reports and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The Patriot Ledger