“I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important,” Markey said in a statement to the Globe. “There is so much at stake.”
… [In] a frisky announcement statement, Markey signaled he is prepared for a hard-swinging campaign for US Senate, defending several traditional liberal positions.
“With Senator Kerry’s departure, Massachusetts voters will decide once again whether we want a Senator who will fight for all our families or one who supports a Republican agenda that benefits only the powerful and well-connected,” Markey said. “I refuse to allow the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff and into recession. I won’t allow the [National Rifle Association] to obstruct an assault weapons ban yet again. I will not sit back and allow oil and coal industry lobbyists to thwart our clean energy future or extremists to restrict women’s rights and health care.”
I think Markey’s ready to take the fight to Scott Brown, if that’s necessary. He’s been a fighter on climate and consumer issues for ages. The big question is whether he can put together and leverage a grassroots door-knocking operation statewide a la Liz and Deval.
As I’ve said, I’m a supporter. I don’t usually make early endorsements, since the primary process can clarify the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate. But I have a strong sense that like Elizabeth Warren vis a vis inequality and financial reform, Markey is a guy whose issue strengths have come to the fore now, whose moment has arrived.
I like McGovern a ton. Ben Downing too. Capuano’s OK; Lynch much less so. Roller-derby: GO.