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David Ball: Markey is the choice for Dems in September

  • In this March 27, 2019 file photo, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaks during a Senate Transportation subcommittee on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

Published: 5/22/2020 5:00:23 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 5:00:10 PM
Markey is the choice for Dems in September

When U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, joined a dozen congressional Democrats to announce the Green New Deal, her generation’s response to the catastrophic effects of a warming planet and an unjust economy based on fossil fuels, she first hugged Sen. Edward Markey and gave him the microphone.

He gave a short, rousing talk to explain why he was co-sponsoring the Green New Deal. No surprise there. He’s known as a “workhorse with a strong legislative track record on environmental and technology issues since being elected to the House in 1976,” says the Boston Globe.

In Markey’s own words: “I take (climate change) personally because of the threat it poses to the planet and the younger generations who are going to have to live with the consequences. The president is inflicting a great injury on our country by denying the science and refusing to move.”

Markey has worked against pollution throughout his career: Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency stands for “Every Polluters’ Ally,” he once said. He’s pushed hard for net neutrality. Back in the 1980s, he pushed for a resolution to end nuclear proliferation. And so on. He is endorsed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, by Indivisible/Massachusetts, by Progressive Democrats of America and by many state legislators who know his work.

He has a challenger in the Democratic primary in September: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III. What has he done for America? Well, he’s a Kennedy. And he has a lot of money so he can run a strong campaign. He agrees with Markey’s positions. He’s for the Green New Deal, too. So why is he trying to replace him? I can’t think of any reason except personal ambition, can you?

In September, all Massachusetts Democrats should reward our excellent junior senator by voting for Ed Markey in the primary.

David Ball


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