I have met Joe Kennedy and Ed Markey more than once. Both times I was impressed by how warm and unassuming Joe Kennedy was and it stood in stark contrast to how aloof and short Ed Markey was with me. Joe Keller has talked about this emerging divide between the two candidates who vote identically on the issues. It has become a theme for the Kennedy campaign-Joe Shows Up.
Markey is definitely beating Kennedy when it comes to endorsements from out of state climate organizations and socialist New Yorkers, but it says something that Joe Kennedy is liked by a lot of credible local leaders who have endorsed him for showing up on their behalf.
Including Mayors like Ruth Ann Miller and Kim Driscoll and city councilors like Judy Garcia in Chelsea and Matt O’Malley in Boston/JP.
As the Mayors said in their Commonwealth piece:
we need leaders who know how to fight more than just one man; we need leaders willing to change the system and heal the divides that gave us President Trump in the first place. Joe Kennedy will take on the system that is leaving too many communities across Massachusetts without enough affordable housing, public education dollars, and mental health beds. It’s the system failing to keep dangerous guns off our street, to create jobs that pay enough to take care of a family, and to protect the cities and towns whose infrastructure is already under siege from climate change.
Criminal Justice Leaders like Suffolk County Sheriff Joe Tompkins:
Our bad policies and bad politics are keeping massive segments of our population marginalized and profound injustices persist today,” Kennedy said. “Sheriff Tompkins is on the front-lines of this fight and I’m proud to stand with him.”
Teamsters, IBEW, and the Machinists Unions. Mainly by citing Kennedy’s seven year push to fight for living wage jobs that fight climate change.
“Yes we need that clean energy, but if we’re going to do this right, it has to come with jobs that actually allow people to care for their families and power this region.
It is not enough to vote the right way and say the right things. It is not enough to be committed to a single issue for 46 years. We need a Senator who will fight for the entire state. We need a Senator who will show up for all our cities and towns. We need a Senator who knows how to fight for immigrant rights and for the trades. For union jobs and for fighting climate. For vocational education and for college accessibility.
We play right into Donald Trump’s hands when we make progressive priorities an either/or discussion. Let Hillary Clinton and Ed Markey brag about putting coal miners out of work. Joe Kennedy will put them back to work building wind turbines on the South Coast and across the Eastern Seaboard. That is how we fight for both. By showing up.