Dear Mayor Menino,
Please get off the Warren-Brown fence and endorse the only candidate whose agenda will help the everyday folks you represent – Ms Elizabeth Warren.
Maybe Scott Brown is a good guy. You say he has helped you out on some things. Not sure what they are but sure he wants to keep you at least neutral in this thing. But, Scott Brown’s re-election leads us one more step to Mitch McConnell running the Senate. Scott Brown, who won’t ask for one more penny from the wealthiest people in the land to reduce debt and votes for budget cuts that will gut many of the programs vital to urban communities, leads us closer to the trickle-down hell you know will hurt many of the folks you care about in Boston.
No candidate speaks with more passion and precision about the issues affecting working people than Ms. Warren does. No candidate is more suited to serve in these times, where the issues she has long addressed, the financial recklessness and chicanery that almost destroyed the economy, are still in the balance.
You’ve been a great mayor. You have not been afraid to speak out on issues great and small when you thought it mattered to the people of Boston. Warren is just the same way. She calls it like she sees it, and calls it right. She has huge balls, has not backed down from anyone – Geithner, Wall Street, the most bankrolled elite lobby in the land. I’d figure you would love that.
What is it about Brown? He carried Southie? He came up through the political ranks, he is of the local state house political culture? In that way I guess he is recognizable – like Cellucci was, or even Reilly. You got on with them, hated Harshbarger, didn’t really like Patrick much to start. Warren is an outsider too. She is not “of” Beacon Hill. Maybe you worry she won’t play ball, or that she may not get you what you want from DC, while Brown can pull some strings with his GOP buddies cause they know they need to give him something to help him keep the seat.
But you know he ain’t a leader. He votes tactically. He keep his head down on tough issues until the votes are counted. He has not done anything to moderate the views of his own party. He may vote against them on occasion but doesn’t stand against them. He picks easy issues to make a splash about – Akin for example. All mom and apple pie while he lets McConnell and Demint pull the whole Senate their way. It’s a good show, but is that what you think is best for Massachusetts?
I guess I just don’t get it. Elizabeth Warren is a unique and special candidate. We rarely get to elect someone with that type of understanding of some of the most important issues of our times. And she gained it not because she always wanted to be a Senator but because she really cared and learned and taught and then did something about it. And she is running because all that built up and she figured she had so much to offer and that the times were calling for what she had to offer now more than ever. And she is right about that. She may be an accidental politician, but we need that now.
The Senate and Scott Brown would not even let her run the agency she created – Obama could not even put her name up for it because of their intransigence. There is no better way to send a message of change then to elect her to that very same body. That will be good for Boston, for the working folks who need people who stand for their interests, for the state and the country.
So lend her your hand and help her win this fight for all of us.