I’m not entirely certain why – Natural Resources is one of those committees where the basic goal of the Republicans is to inflict Maximum Fun on the Democrats; and when the GOP holds the House the Maximum Fun is very, very Maximum indeed – but I guess that there’s money in it?
Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has yet to win the Senate seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John F. Kerry, but Reps. Peter A. Defazio and Raúl M. Grijalva are already fighting over who should replace him as the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.
The two Democratic lawmakers are arguing not only over legislative records and policy positions, but also over the weight that should be given to seniority.
While Republican Gabriel E. Gomez held nine public events this week, his Democratic rival, Edward J. Markey, held none, sparking criticism from Gomez that the veteran congressman is ignoring voters and avoiding the public eye.
“He’s been hiding,” Gomez said Friday, during a stop at Mul’s Diner in South Boston.
The last thing that Ed Markey wants to do is to have independent voters take a gander at him. Besides, Ed Markey’s currently campaigning in a state that was recently the victim of a vicious Islamist terrorist attack; it’s a little hard to reconcile being born-again on national security when you’re on the record as opposing the Patriot Act and in favor of trying terrorists on American soil, and easy as pie to just simply not do any public appearances. The polls are frankly not telling Ed Markey that he should relax just quite yet; apparently his campaign has decided to try to run out the clock. And maybe that will work; while the Suffolk poll from last week is increasingly looking like an outlier, Gabriel Gomez has yet to pass Markey in the polls.
Still. You’d think that Markey would get out more.
I find this NRSC ad to be highly entertaining and symbolic of the problems that come from tapping a safe-district (for decades) Congressman for a statewide seat:
Short version: Ed Markey wrote a metric buttload of bad checks on a Congressional bank back in 1992*. Markey got away with it at the time – the aforementioned safe district – but now, well, he’s running for Senate, and so he pretty much has to finally explain why he did such a thing in the first place. Well, we already know why – all the other Democrats were doing it – but Markey’s gotta come up with an excuse, anyway. You know. Just for the look of the thing.
It’s from back in October of 2012, when – as Legal Insurrection very helpfully notes – Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts (D) (now running against Gabriel Gomez in a special election for MA-SEN) was doing his level best to convince the world that there was absolutely no reason at all to believe that the attack in Benghazi that murdered four Americans (including our Ambassador) was due to a preplanned terrorist attack – and that any suggestion that the White House was covering things up was some sort of bizarre theory promulgated by conservatives. That’s October of 2012. Now let’s go to May of 2013: Continue reading Ed Markey: foolish on Benghazi. Foolish on the Boston Marathon bombing, too?
Gabriel Gomez is a former Navy SEAL and current businessman; Ed Markey is a fairly cookie-cutter Massachusetts Congresscritter who has been in Congress for as long as my wife has been alive. Markey’s probably best known for writing that ridiculous carbon tax bill Waxman-Markey that Harry Reid gulped and buried in a mineshaft; unless, of course, you score “comparingCitizens United to Dred Scott” as being higher, lower, or Just Plain Dumber on the scale of goofball ideas.
CanGabriel Gomez win? Sure. Will he win, absent Massachusetts Republican support? No. It all depends on how hungry people are for the seat. And what their priorities are. ‘Course, I’m in Maryland these days, where the problem is, if anything, more acute…
Yeah, I think that Massachusetts Senate hopeful Ed Markey’s (D, MA-05) going to have more problems in his primary than he thought that he was going to have in his primary.
Representative Edward J. Markey refused to back down Thursday from comments he made this week that seemed to compare the US Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance law to the high court’s 19th-century Dred Scott decision, a notorious pro-slavery ruling.
Because let’s see who the Boston Globe quoted in response. Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III of the Ella J. Baker House and Boston TenPoint Coalition called this a “somewhat revisionist approach to the Dred Scott case” (Translation: What the heck, Markey?). Reverend Talbert W. Swan II of the Springfield NAACP tried to polish the excrement a little, but concluded “I don’t think campaign finance can be compared to the subjugation of an entire people” (translation: What the heck, Markey?). The Reverend William E. Dickerson II of Dorchester’s Greater Love Tabernacle noted that “We minimize the issue of the Dred Scott decision when we try to juxtapose it [with lesser issues]” (translation: What the he… oh, you get the point). And, of course, there was Stephen Lynch (Markey’s major opponent in the Democratic primary), who took time out from laughing at Markey’s gaffe to solemnly assure the world that while of course he feels that Citizens United should be overturned via a Constitutional amendment* (while still taking that dirty, dirty corporate campaign money, of course) he doesn’t think that it was anything as bad as the Dred Scott decision. Continue reading Ed Markey’s increasingly useful stupid rhetoric on Citizen United and the Dred Scott decision.
Rep. Ed Markey on Tuesday compared the Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision to the 1858 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery during a campaign speech in Pittsfield, Mass.
Citizens United […] is a 2010 high court decision gutting much of the McCain Feingold campaign finance law limiting the ability of corporations to spend money on campaigns. The ruling paved the way for the host of Super PACs that spent tens of millions of dollars in the 2012 campaign.
Massachusetts is… interesting, this year. Despite being a Democratic stronghold, the MA GOP is putting up a pretty good fight; the NRCC recently talked up three of its House possibilities. I was able to talk with one of them – Jeff Semon, in MA-05 – later on.
Come, I will conceal nothing from you. This is Ed Markey’s district, and the Democrats are prepared to sacrifice a puppy if that’s what it will take to keep Markey in that seat. Still, Jeff is stepping up: and hey. Things happen.