SOMERVILLE – Hurricane force winds and sideways snow could not stop two Stephen Lynch supporters from gathering signatures in the middle of Davis Square this afternoon. Jay Fraiser and Joe Kelly set up a table on a traffic island across from the Somerville Theatre around 10 a.m. with hopes of getting about 100 signatures.
By 1 p.m. they had over 250.
“I didn’t think there’d be this many people out right now. I did think people would be out walking their dogs. We love Jack Williams but how much more of Jack Williams can we take? It’s been like 48 hours straight of Jack Williams,” said Kelly, 32, a Somerville based union electrician and avid fan of the WBZ news anchor.
Kelly, layered up with Carhart pants, said they had to be out there to get signatures for Lynch because they did not have much time to get him on the ballot.
While Kelly spoke with me Fraiser appeared to know every plow truck driver that passed us by.
“Hey Leo! Can I get a signature for Stephen Lynch? He’s running for US Senate!” he yelled before a truck stopped.
“You’re Somerville, right?” Fraiser asked before handing the driver a clipboard with nomination papers.
Fraiser spent Friday night at Kelly’s house outside of Davis Square just for the purpose of gathering signatures for Lynch on Saturday morning. They are both members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103.
Fraiser, who says he has gathered around 2,500 signatures for Lynch, chalked up his support for the South Boston congressman because “he’s a regular guy.”
“We want to put this guy in the Senate. I wouldn’t be out here in this blizzard for anybody else,” he said.
Lynch campaign press secretary Conor Yunits said the campaign is pleased with their efforts but wants people to be safe throughout the weekend.
“We want all of our supporters to be safe and use caution throughout the weekend if they are going to campaign. Their efforts to gather signatures during this storm speaks volumes about our volunteers,” said Yunits.
Yunits said that Kelly and Fraiser were not being paid by the campaign.
I reached out to the campaigns of Ed Markey and Dan Winslow on their signature gathering process earlier this week as well but neither disclosed their field plans for this weekend.
Candidates for the special election for US Senate have until February 27 to submit 10,000 valid signatures of registered voters to secure their place on the ballot.
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