Does where you live impact your vision of the world, people, jobs, etc? Does one need to actually live in a district to represent the voters? Being that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in America are in the D.C. area, is it likely working and living there for the past 36 years, as Mr. Markey has, would numb a persons senses to a thing called “reality”? I do believe it is beneficial to have a congressman/senator who actually lives in the district or state he or she represents. It goes back to my favorite mayor, Ed Koch, who always asked NYC residents “How am I doing?”
Stephen Lynch has traveled back to his home all the time, to connect with voters, find out their concerns, and even, shocking, go on talk radio and take a few calls. Mr. Lynch’s eyes tell him a different story, a different America. Mr. Markey has been known for socializing at D.C. balls and parties, living the good life I would call it. On the other hand, Mr. Lynch sees the lines in people’s faces since they can’t afford botox or facelifts, and the worries many average people show in their eyes, the nervousness of what is around the corner with high federal deficits, higher gas prices, and jobs hanging by a thread.
“In the mid 1990s, the Boston Herald quoted the old-school South Boston congressman, Joe Moakley, telling McGovern, then a freshman, that a congressman needed to own a home in his district. Many at the time saw it as a shot at Markey.”
“No living in mummy’s house anymore,” Moakley said. “That just doesn’t cut it with voters.”
“Voters want a congressman who gets the same tax bills they do, a guy who feels the pinch when the MWRA’s water bills are skyrocketing,” continued Moakley, then the dean of the delegation.
Do you believe if Ed Markey spent more time living in his home in Malden on the left, he would be so cavalier in rejecting the XL Pipeline, with thousands of blue collar jobs, private too, on the line? Stephen Lynch knows the oil from Canada is going to be extracted and moved, whether through the U.S. or straight across Canada to a tanker owned by China. Mr. Lynch is being….”rationale” about the issue.
Ed Markey declared his home on the right, as a primary residence from 91-02. It’s almost 4,000 sq ft outside of D.C. I do submit, by not spending more time with the folks in his district, he failed to listen to the warnings of the trade agreements he supported. Instead, he listened to the Beltway Boys in D.C. and even refused to meet with union representatives who picketed outside his office before the vote. Mr. Markey was being….”arrogant”.
IMO, Mr. Markey and many others, including majority of Republicans, spend way too much time in a bubble, a fantasy known as D.C. By doing so, they swallow projections and statistics that no thinking, objective person would believe (except 81% of the voters in 92 who voted for Clinton and GHWB). Below is what was promised by NAFTA and the actual results. As Maxwell Smart use to say “Missed it by that much”.