Candidates John Slattery and Mary-Ellen Manning have, along with Lovely, gone out of their way to praise Berry and have pledged to work on the causes he supports.
Berry, however, seemed to go out of his way yesterday to point out why he was not endorsing either Slattery or Manning.
While not naming names, Berry said that either candidate “would have difficulty being effective for all of the people in this district.
“One candidate appears to have sold his soul to the unions,” Berry said, “ ... and the other candidate has a history of caring more about finding fault with others than working with others to find solutions to serious problems.”
In an interview last week, Berry gave no indication that he would make an endorsement, but did provide a window into his thoughts about his successor.
“The tent I played politics in is going to be changing. There will be new problems in the next three decades than what I went through in my three decades. It requires new skills,” Berry said then. “I hope they all go in with the attitude that they must be team players. The problems we face are way too big for just one or two minds.”
In his endorsement yesterday, Berry emphasized that he believes Lovely’s ability to work in a team swayed his decision.
“To be effective in the state Senate requires a combination of experience, intelligence and the ability to work with others to solve problems for the people you represent,” he said. “I believe City Councilor Joan Lovely has the attributes needed to most effectively serve the people of the 2nd Essex District.”