District Attorney Marian Ryan, right, shown in a debate against challenger Michael Sullivan at Middlesex Community College last month, has been endorsed by
District Attorney Marian Ryan, right, shown in a debate against challenger Michael Sullivan at Middlesex Community College last month, has been endorsed by Gov. Deval Patrick. (SUN FILE PHOTO)

BOSTON -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan picked up a rare and coveted endorsement on Wednesday when Gov. Deval Patrick threw his support behind the woman he appointed to the district attorney position in 2013.

Patrick rarely inserts himself into Democratic primaries, but he has made exceptions for those public officials running for re-election to offices that he appointed them to when a vacancy was created.

"Of all the applicants I considered for appointment as Middlesex District Attorney, Marian Ryan was the strongest choice," Patrick said in a statement released by Ryan's campaign. "Her experience in the courtroom, her management skills as part of the Middlesex leadership team, and her commitment to working with the community clearly set her apart. I am proud to endorse her for election."

Patrick appointed Ryan district attorney in April 2013 after Gerry Leone resigned to enter the private sector. Patrick has also endorsed Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian during their re-election bids after he appointed them to fill vacancies in each position.

Ryan, who has been criticized for her management style as well as the office's handling of Jared Remy prior to his murder of girlfriend Jennifer Martel, is running against Middlesex County clerk of courts Michael Sullivan in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for a full four-year term as top prosecutor in the state's most populous county.


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