Hello BMGers. First time poster, but a long time reader and grassroots advocate for Democratic causes. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a City Councillor in Cambridge and an Executive Committee member of the Democratic State Committee and the Political Director for the Young Dems.
I wanted to write for two purposes to my fellow advocates on here. First, to announce and invite you to some events I will be hosting in Cambridge for the Markey campaign. On Saturday, February 16, I will be out in Inman Square with other supporters collecting signatures from 2:30 – 4:30. Please feel free to meet me at Lord Hobo at 2:30 pm. On Thursday, February 21, I will be in Kendall Square from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm doing the same, meeting at Meadhall. You can join me to collect signatures from the lunch crowd then get lunch ourselves. Finally, stay tuned for a Young Professionals for Markey event that I’m presently in the process of setting up for late March with the Markey campaign.
Secondly, I hope to caution my Democratic friends and colleagues from taking focus away from the task at hand: electing a leading progressive to the US Senate. I have read with trepidation the announcements of some Democrats in the 5th Congressional District who have already publically declared their intent to run for Congressman Markey’s seat, going as far as to have campaign websites already in place. It is a dangerous endeavor. It ignores our party’s own not too distant past to assume that any candidate is destined to win. It distracts from the grassroots work urgently at hand.
I have every confidence that Congressman Markey can win this election, but I will not stop working to elect him until he does. Our collective grassroots efforts can carry the day, as they have so brilliantly before, but only if our resources are marshaled, unified, and focused. I have no doubt that there are dozens of Democrats – myself included – who have been asked by friends and supporters if they would consider a run for Markey’s seat should he win. Everyone is welcome to consider that, but now is not the time to start a campaign for a seat that is not yet vacant. Now is not the time to siphon off resources to a growing number of campaigns for the 5th. Now is the time to focus on electing an extraordinary public servant to represent the Commonwealth in the United States Senate. I know for a fact that Ed Markey is not taking this election for granted; neither should we.
I greatly admire the work that has been done by the elected officials in question and believe that they are great leaders in the Democratic Party, but for the best interest of the party, I urge any candidates who are considering an official announcement to hold back, and candidates that have already declared, to take down any websites or Facebook pages that expressly state their intent for Ed Markey’s seat.
Now is the time for focus and unity. Now is the time to dig deep – past the fatigue still lingering from this past November, past the weary of the cold that would keep us indoors – and to find our inner Kate Donaghue. Now is the time to demonstrate once again how powerful grassroots organizing can be. Now is the time to gather together in support of a leading progressive: Congressman Ed Markey.