The Democratic primary for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District is close: September 4th. Our preference is Jamie Eldridge: he has the most progressive ideas, and an idealistic voice that cuts through the fog of vague campaign language.
The Democrats have a strong field in this race, but more than the other candidates, Eldridge understands that tough problems require bold thinking: the scale of one’s solutions must match the depth of the problems one seeks to address. This is refreshing in an era of political timidity on the Democratic side.
Eldridge’s positions on health care and campaign finance are especially worthy of applause. Single-payer health care (ie. “Medicare for All”) provides better overall health care for many other developed countries in the world at a fraction of the cost of our bloated dysfunctional monstrosity. It deserves aggressive advocacy in Congress. Eldridge will help push Congress to enact the rock-solid guarantee of health care every American deserves, and improve our economic productivity and competitiveness relative to other countries by reducing the administrative costs of our current system.
The current campaign finance system poisons democracy: elected officials are influenced disproportionately by their financial backers. Eldridge’s status as the only Clean Elections campaign winner in Massachusetts history makes him an appropriate successor to Marty Meehan, whose great accomplishment was the Shays/Meehan-McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform law. He doesn’t just believe in reforming campaigns; he’s run and won a reformed campaign. He supports public financing of congressional campaigns. Eldridge will provide real leadership on this critical issue.
Eldridge’s legislative record is reassuring. He has consistently worked for progressive causes in the legislature, often on unglamorous but necessary legislation. He has been more workhorse than showboat. He opposed Tom Finneran in the House. One can easily see what kind of Congressman he would be, and we need more of them.
Finally, we support Eldridge’s progressive positions on social issues: for example, a woman’s right to choose, the death penalty, marriage, and constitutional rights.
Eldridge needs campaign funds; and even more importantly, volunteers to bang phones and walk districts. We are heading into the home stretch of this race, so if you’re going to act, do it now.