I started this as a reply to David’s post “Lynch hits the ground running,” but decided it deserves it’s own post because vetting our two candidates is an important discussion to have. I hope the readers will agree. And in the interest of full disclosure I should mention, though I’m sure the post will make it clear, I am supporter of Congressman Markey for US Senate.
There are some distinct differences between the votes Congressmen Lynch and Markey have taken during their careers in Congress. And it’s the votes more than any stump speech or polished video that will tell us how our next US Senator from Massachusetts will act. So I share with the BMG community some information I’ve gathered from the interwebs and elsewhere these past few days. This was spurred on by a great post I discovered that highlighted some of the key votes between these two men: What is a Massachusetts Democrat? Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch offer two Very Different Answers For those that are too lazy to click the link it shows that Rep. Lynch voted in favor of reauthorizing the Patriot act, oil subsidies, high levels of military spending, and warrant-less electronic surveillance. He also voted against ending the war in Afghanistan.
To this list I would add the following votes:
Energy: Rep. Lynch has voted in favor of oil pipelines, as you can imagine Rep. Markey one of the countries champions against global warming did not.
Military: While we played a support role in Libya Rep. Lynch voted with the vast majority (i.e., 95.7%) of Republicans in making it clear Congress did not authorize a military intervention in Libya.
Healthcare: And let’s not forget one of the bigger votes. On the Affordable Care Act, Rep Lynch voted against the ACA while Rep Markey voted in favor or expanding healthcare coverage for millions of Americans.
Obviously this is just a few of the many votes and I hope others will chime in with more. But with the highlighted votes above Rep. Lynch has time and again voted against the interest of Massachusetts voters and the President we reelected. So what say you BMG? Are we as a state more “Markey Democrats” or “Lynch Democrats”?