Charlestown, Massachusetts – Rep. Ed Markey released the following statement today denouncing Tom Steyer’s involvement in the Massachusetts Senate special election:
“As I stated when I first learned about Tom Steyer’s demands on Monday, these kinds of tactics have no place in our political discourse and should be repudiated. Mr. Steyer should immediately withdraw his threats and ultimatum, and stay out of this Senate race. This campaign should be about the people of this state, and I remain committed to giving Massachusetts voters a debate about the issues they care about most”
In case you hadn’t heard, California billionaire-turned-climate activist Tom Steyer had threatened to run attacks on Lynch if he didn’t renounce his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. Lynch responded in an op-ed today, turning the discussion (somewhat properly, I think) to Citizens United.
I appreciate Steyer’s concern, and think Lynch is dead wrong on Keystone; but this clearly violates the spirit of the People’s Pledge to keep outside interests out of the primary. The potential for backlash is considerable, and deserved. Now, if the Rove/Koch/Adelson/Friess carnival shows up in the general, I wouldn’t want to unilaterally disarm, and maybe Steyer could make himself useful, even though an airwave battle of billionaires would be distasteful, and ultimately the opposite of what we need.
Anyway, good on Markey for disavowing the attacks. Steyer should think better of the whole thing, and be more constructive and targeted in his actions.