Like many, I am waking up to the reality of the special election for the U.S. Senate on June 25.
John Kerry is an excellent man to have at the president’s side as secretary of state. But his departure from the Senate requires a new effort and voter turnout such as that which elected Elizabeth Warren. Election of Rep. Ed Markey is critical to retaining a Democratic Senate majority to support the president against Republican obstructionism, especially since the loss of New Jersey’s Lautenberg.
Our choice should not be difficult. I suggest you research Markey and his adversary, Gabriel Gomez, and compare their backgrounds for the job.
Ed Markey has the best, most relevant training for the Senate, having served 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives after earning bachelor and law degrees from Boston College and completing service in the Army Reserve and state legislature. Ed has met every test. We know exactly what we are getting.
Gomez is different: His profile still being defined by advertising.
We see a physically fit Annapolis graduate and one-time Navy SEAL who, having added a Harvard MBA, has built a successful career in private equity investing. Sound familiar? Blackwater’s billionaire mercenary contractor, Erik Prince, also shares some of the same bio. But job relevance for the Senate is not clear.
On the issues, Markey supports a woman’s right to choose. Gomez does not.
Markey supports an assault weapons ban. Gomez does not. Markey believes in tax fairness, with the wealthiest paying their share. Gomez does not.
Markey fought successfully for the "Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act" to protect prisoners. Now, as we react to news of the National Security Agency’s massive wire-tapping of citizens and recording of our emails, I recall Markey’s efforts to repeal or amend legal justifications still on the books in Bush 43’s emergency Patriot Act of 2001.
Alert to what is at stake in the June 25 election, we need to mobilize the Massachusetts majority which values Ed Markey’s experience and shares his views. I’ll vote early on that Tuesday.
Please talk it up with neighbors, and vote.