Markey’s website is *finally* live

Good Lord did that ever take too long. But is finally up and running, and it’s good, for the most part: It’s fully fleshed out, with opportunities to sign up for canvassing and phone calls. The major shortcoming is its events page, which is not currently updated; I’m getting press releases with Markey’s schedule of events, so there’s something to put there. (Fix that, guys.) For instance, tonight they will be webcasting the announcement of getting enough signatures to get on the ballot. (Woot!)

Anyway, if you need to learn more about Ed or how to get involved in the campaign, it’s up, it’s there.

Look, we have fun at this site and we kick a lot of ideas around and welcome a variety of viewpoints and advocacy of candidates. And we’ll always be that way.

But I also know that the vast majority of our readership is pretty darned progressive. And if you didn’t know it already: Ed’s your guy. He’s been that guy for a long time. And I would caution against taking Steve Lynch or the GOP folks for granted — his election isn’t a foregone conclusion by any stretch. And he deserves it — not because he’s next in line, but because he’s been earning it.

… I liked what our massmarrier said in his impressions of a Markey campaign stop (my emphasis):

OK, kiddies, Ed Markey can do this. He can be senatorial, certainly while campaigning, and that’s sine qua non for this run to replace US Sen. John Kerry.

I wasn’t sure. His typical wonky pronouncements as US Rep. can be dour and dry, from the video clips. Maybe it was the venue (JP Licks) or the audience (lefties all), but he was dynamic, passionate and funny. He delivered a simultaneously detailed and focused stump speech that owned the packed half of the joint.

Yeah, he can do this.


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  1. Why *finally*?

    The title of the post should read that he’s the *Only* candidate with an operational website. Just checked and all other candidates only have placeholder sites. Gabriel Gomez has a few links, but nothing close to a full web site, everyone else only has a splash page. Just sayin’.

    • Both are right.

      It took way too long, so “finally” is appropriate. But you are correct that, as of now, Markey is the only candidate with an acceptable website, so “only” is right too. :)

    • Finally fits.

      Back in December:

      His webpage is horrid. Under ‘Issue Profile’ he talks of the Bush administration in the ‘Iraq War’ tab (no Afghanistan tab), and under ‘Homeland Security’ tab he mentions Hillary Clinton “(D-NY)” – and under ‘Veterans’ he writes about VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi, who left that position in 2005!!
      Under ‘Immigration’ he tells us his goals for the 110th Congress…

      He did post a nice comment about Newtown. But before that he was touting the progress he’s making to protect us from the dangerous chemicals in Brazilian Hair Straightener.

      His previous web presence was a decade out of date. Old dogs must learn new tricks.

  2. OK, I'll say it

    This was pointed out to me, and now that I see it I can’t unsee it. Anybody else find it weird that there’s an issues section for Technology and Telecommunications…but not for any social issues like LGBTQ rights or women’s health? In a Democratic Primary? Against Congressman Lynch?

    Love Markey, but seems like an oversight.

    • Pretty Lean on Issues

      Nothing about immigration on the web-site.

      Nothing about Sequestration, Medicare, or Social Security.

      There’s also nothing on the web-site about any foreign policy issue. Nothing about the Middle East, Iran, China, etc.

      • No social isses at all really

        At least in the sense of six categories listed under issues
        * jobs
        * enviro
        * climate
        * tech
        * healthcare
        * public safety

        No social issues at all really. Seems like a pretty big hole.

      • Not so on Medicare

        His website says:

        Ed believes a strong health care system is the foundation for a strong economy. He has fought to protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid so that the most vulnerable in society can access benefits.

        • Troubled by that statement.

          Markey’s statement is troubling as it relates to Medicare. Just who is Ed Markey referring to when he speaks about “the most vulnerable in society”? Medicare is not intended to be a program that helps poor people, as that function is served by Medicaid. Medicare is supposed to provide benefits for all of us, when we reach 65 years of age. Ted Kennedy fought hard against means-testing for Medicare. Just where does Ed Markey stand?

          • Really?

            You’re troubled by the statement that Ed Markey wants to strengthen Medicaid and Medicare so that the most vulnerable can access benefits? Really? I don’t want to question your motives, but somehow, I doubt that.

            Medicare is a benefit for all of us when we reach 65 years of age. Strengthening it has nothing to do with means-testing, and he said nothing about that.

          • I don't read it that way

            The “most vulnerable,” to me, means:

            1. Seniors (Medicare), who generally most need medicare care and many of whom were in fact too poor to buy insurance prior to 1965. (Of course you are correct that the program covers all Americans over 65.)
            2. The poorest Americans, disabled, people in nursing homes with assets depleted (Medicaid).

            I don’t read it as suggesting Medicare should be means-tested.

          • To pile on

            Seniors collectively do tend to be among the most vulnerable due to declining health and economic circumstances. Not universally true of course as we are living longer, but I join the others in not reading means-testing into these comments.

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