We’ve been calling for it. And we seem to be getting it. We’ve said that Rep. Neal needs a primary challenger, and Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke seems to be stepping up. Springfield Republican’s Jim Kinney reports:
“I’ve been meeting with supporters and potential supporters from around the district,” Morse, 30, said Monday. “I’ve been very encouraged by what I’ve heard.”
Morse would not reveal when he expects to make an announcement, nor would he commit to running. But he talked like a candidate who had passed a point of no return.
“I think this country is at an inflection point,” Morse said. “One where we need strong leadership out of Washington to move communities like Holyoke forward.”
I don’t know much about Morse, and certainly very little about how he feels about national issues.
We’ve called for a challenge to Neal based on a number of factors:
- His sluggish response to the thoroughgoing corruption of the Trump administration. We should have Trump’s tax returns by now, and that’s Neal’s job.
- His courting of special interests with lavish fundraising events;
- Relatedly, his privileging of a sketchy corporate agenda even above basic government oversight;
- And his tepid non-opposition to a Green New Deal — he had to be pressured into even that — when a Ways and Means chair really needs to be all-in. (Elizabeth Warren is right: Global warming is indeed a case of public corruption.)
We’ve contemplated some other names, like former State Senator Benjamin Downing, and current Senator Eric Lesser; there are doubtless other people considering it privately.
In any event, there’s no more surefire way to light a fire under someone than a primary. Game on.