Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
A source within the Barnet campaign has reported that Mayor O’Brien has made his endorsement for the D-13 Worcester state rep. seat (currently held by Robert Spellane), and while the name will officially come out in a press release later today or tomorrow, Daily Worcesteria has it for you now.
O’Brien has given his endorsement to Margot Barnet, an Elm st. chiropractor and longtime Democratic organizer. Barnet has served as the President of the Regional Environmental Council and organized for St. Vincent nurses during their strike in 2000.
It’s not too much of a surprise that O’Brien is endorsing Barnet, due to their history working together (Barnet has worked on both O’Brien’s campaigns for mayor and school committee, and has done some activism for Jim McGovern), but Barnet is the furthest to the left of all of the Democratic candidates and possibly the least politically polished. It’ll also be interesting to see if this changes any of the dynamics between Joff Smith–arguably the highest-profile candidate in the race–and O’Brien at the Worcester City Council meetings.
Update: Back in November Worcester Mag asked Barnet about her connections. Here’s what she said:
When asked if she expects their support, she replied, “I’m not in this for any quid-pro-quo. I believe in what they believe in. I hope that people will support me for who I am and my work in the Worcester community.”