Eric Cochrane: Why sticking with Markey is the choice

Published: 7/8/2020 4:05:31 PM

Massachusetts has an important U.S. Senate primary on Sept. 1, in which I will be wholeheartedly support incumbent Sen. Ed Markey.

Markey has been a strong, unapologetic supporter of numerous progressive issues during his long and productive service in the State House, Congress and the U.S. Senate. Among the issues he has advocated on behalf of include LGBT rights, net neutrality and gun control. In particular, there is his work on energy and environmental issues, including his sponsorship of the Green New Deal alongside progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, as well as his chairmanship of the House Energy Independence Committee from 2007 to 2011.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, in contrast, has a more conservative record, including voting against restricting National Security Agency surveillance, alongside a detailed history opposing cannabis decriminalization, and Medicare for All. In fact, Kennedy happens to own stocks in companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron, which anyone who claims to be an environmentalist or progressive should not be investing in.

Additionally, Kennedy has voted in favor of police militarization, whereas Markey, who has advocated on behalf of his colleagues of color, voted against giving military weapons to police.

Kennedy does not seem to be providing any compelling reasons as to why he should be a U.S. senator, apart from a sense of entitlement resulting from his family name, as well as an attempt to tap into nostalgia, neither of which are ever equitable.

For his clearly identifiable progressive record, his ethic of working hard for constituents, and his untiring approach to vital concern, I will be sticking with Markey in September, and urge other to do the same.

Eric Cochrane

Amherst




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