As I’ve said in a variety of places, the worst thing I can say about Joe Kennedy III is that he’s running against a climate hero, a guy who we’re going to need to create a future for our kids. That would be Ed Markey.
You could say it rubs me the wrong way. And I am not alone, as the Globe’s Victoria McGrane reports. It’s essentially quote after devastating quote from local climate folks. Can he ever recover from this?
“It just confounds explanation to me, if he actually cares about the future of this planet, that he feels like it would be a good idea to launch a primary challenge against the guy who’s leading on this issue,” said Craig S. Altemose, executive director of 350 Mass Action, a statewide climate-focused group that has endorsed Markey. “Seems like it’s just a move that is primarily driven by ego and ambition instead of a thirst for justice.”
… [Climate leader Bill McKibben] called Kennedy’s primary bid “a gut punch to those of us in the environmental movement.”
It … goes on. And on. Not good, Joe! [Read the whole article — and subscribe to the Globe, by the way.]
But let me share another devastating quote, a totally sick burn … from JKIII’s own spokeswoman.
“He is also very proud of his own record and looks forward to engaging with voters on this and many other issues in the months to come,” Kaufman said.
“And many other issues”! This confirms — with some other substantiating evidence — that JKIII sees climate as just another issue, another box to check. He doesn’t quite get the threat to civilization, nor does he view climate as a framework that touches on literally everything, from energy to labor to racial inequality to agriculture to infrastructure, and on and on.
And one of those other pieces of evidence is Ed Markey’s challenge of a stand-alone debate on climate change among the Dem Senate candidates. Markey made the challenge right after Kennedy declared, on Saturday 9/21. The Environmental League of Massachusetts has offered to host; a date has been set for November 11; and candidates Steve Pemberton and Shannon Liss-Riordan have quickly agreed.
Where’s Joe? Still thinkin’ about it. How does that Barenaked Ladies song go? It’s been one week since you looked at me/Cocked your head to the side/and said I’m angry …
Anyway here’s the timer — I’ll put it in a prominent place on the blog so you can’t miss it.