The much rumored primary opponent to long-time pol Ed Markey has appeared in the form of a “fight for the little guy” attorney who has won battles with powerful forces before. (Sorry for Globe link Tom)
I know a little about Shannon Liss-Riordan and I’ve always liked the battles she picked. So I’m not going to play cheerleader for her. But Ed Markey has to really, really, really document what he’s been doing in Washington DC for the last 42 years to convince me to vote for him in the primary. Let’s say that again: 42 years in DC.
Of course Ed already has a huge thumb on the scale to crush this opponent, like all incumbents do, with $3.5 million on hand. This is but one of many examples of a rigged political system. How is it good for our political system that a challenger is put at such an incredible disadvantage form the very start? Every candidate deserves to be heard, yet our system gives incumbents a huge advantage to be heard more than their challengers. Just on that point, I’m willing to vote against this rigged system and give my vote to a primary challenger.
Of course Ed professes to be a “clean elections” guy, always fighting for what is right. If that is the case, what is right is Ed should pledge not to spend his $3.5 million he has already collected, against his primary challenger. But he won’t do that if he doesn’t have to, so he won’t. It is unfortunate that politicians today won’t do what is right, but rather do what the rules tell them they can get away with. Rules that politicians write. Hmm, funny how that works.
Well anyway, mark me down as a 2 for Liss-Riordan, mostly based on believing 42 years is long enough for anyone and I’m tired of the system that puts the thumb on the scale that produces 42 years of mediocrity.