MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Democratic Congressman Ed Markey has hired a veteran campaign manager to run his campaign for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.
Markey announced Saturday that Sarah Benzing will manage his campaign. She most recently run the Sherrod Brown's successful race for Senate, overcoming $40 million in spending that outside groups poured into Ohio.
Benzing also managed New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's successful campaign in 2011. She previously worked as Iowa's Congressman Bruce Braley after managing his winning campaign in 2006.
Markey says Benzing's record managing grassroot campaigns shows she has the leadership, know-how and passion to lead his campaign to victory.
Markey is the only announced Democratic candidate. Congressman Stephen Lynch plans to decide soon whether to jump into the special election.