I’m struck with what seems like ageism and superficialness overly influencing the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat here in Massachusetts. I’m supporting the incumbent Ed Markey for re-election. His voting record and particular issues he’s impassioned about have long impressed me. I’m left thinking, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I appreciate his Green New Deal proposal, which he worked closely on with young and vibrant Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez. She clearly respects and values him as a close ally and collaborator in Congress, as does Senator Warren. I’m grateful for Markey’s concern for the USPS and his advocacy to sufficiently fund it. To my knowledge, his environmental track record is excellent. Over the years, he’s been very responsive to me when I’ve written and emailed him with numerous concerns, many of them regarding the welfare of the environment. He’s been on the front lines fighting to ensure Internet neutrality. And as far as I know, he’s pro Medicare for All.
Along comes Congressman Kennedy– young and handsome and, well, a Kennedy. These attributes alone are not relevant for me. (I mean, we’re not talking here about filling a position for modeling stylish men’s clothing.) To my understanding, he’s comparatively more conservative than Markey, who continues to have plenty of energy and ideas to keep doing a great job as my U.S. Senator. I don’t mind that Markey is in his 70s and not a Kennedy. I haven’t heard that he’s having any major health problems. He’s not in need of being put out to pasture. I don’t think his age or lack of family fame should matter for voters. Only his long legislative and advocacy record should.
We don’t need this mid stream change during such trying times in federal government (and beyond), particularly when Markey is doing just fine in the Senate for me, the rest of his constituents, and the country at large. But, a substantial number of folks seem overly swayed by someone who’s simply young, good looking, and a Kennedy, his opponent’s legislative record and so much other hard work in Congress be damned.
I say, come on, Joe Kennedy, you could have waited a while longer before running for Senate, because you’ve got plenty of time, and directly support Markey in his solid, ongoing legacy of great work on behalf of Mass. and America overall.