Political Plug and Rant: I Support U.S. Senator Edward Markey

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.

4 thoughts on “Political Plug and Rant: I Support U.S. Senator Edward Markey

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have spoken these same words to my son. Shame on me, but I have had enough of the Kennedy’s and quite frankly all the drama that comes with them, which I am sure is an unfair bias to this young man.. I am also tired of money being the sole reason for determining who can run for office and get the job. Markey has earned the right and our respect for a job well done through the years and our votes are the way we can show our support and appreciation. I called his office years ago for help and was promptly responded to I feel the same way about any politician that has worked so hard for the people that voted for them. What more proof do we need than their record as validation of a job well done. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an apt expression in this case. I believe age and experience are assets, although I keep an open mind and open heart to newcomers. I just wish our choice for a different kind of President had not been taken away so abruptly. I truly believe he could have brought the kind of hope and change this country desperately needs.

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    1. You’re welcome! And thank you for reading and replying. I do agree that age, along with experience, are bet positives, while, like you, I’m open to newcomers. I also completely agree with you about money being the main determinant for who can run for office and get the job. We seriously need campaign finance reform, including a cap on campaign spending via public funding for it. I know how radical that sounds but the idea has been around for a long time. Here’s to hoping Markey wins in the imminent primary.

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  2. As always thank you for your posts. Transplanted from Massachusetts to Florida two years ago I am horrified at how narrow minded, blatantly racist, many people are. We have been warned not to put a Biden sticker on our cars, I have not seen one! I miss the Northeast.

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