Well, we’ve had the timer up for fifty (50) days. And that was apparently not enough time for Joe Kennedy to figure out how to schedule and prepare for tonight’s climate forum at Stonehill College.
Obviously I’m all in for Markey; but Joe might win. And I want him to be a climate champion if he does. I want him to fight for that vote. So it is genuinely disappointing that Kennedy decided to make excuses and miss this thing. He is treating this dismissively as a “single issue”; not health and energy and transportation and the economy and jobs and national security — everything we care about, all wrapped up in one. It defines our future, for better or worse.
And Kennedy has decided that he can run the table with all those Dem voters for whom these things (somehow) aren’t particularly a priority. Maybe he’s right. But it’s a shame and I’m sure not going to help him.
Let’s recount Kennedy’s reasons for missing the event:
1. It’s Veterans Day weekend.
2. It should be held next year, because everyone’s focused on impeachment now;
3. It should be held in a “frontline community”. (Defined as what? Chelsea? Chatham? Fort Point? Wherever a micro-burst touches down?)
Needless to say, Joe didn’t suspend his campaign because it was Veterans Day Weekend.
While we are out traveling across the state this weekend, our Kennedy Campus Captains keep the energy up at Kennedy HQ! pic.twitter.com/XeC9OARgL9
— Joe Kennedy III (@joekennedy) November 10, 2019
In any event, if Joe wants to seem like a guy with policy depth and political courage — and not just a backbencher trading on a legacy name — this is not a good sign.
One way or another, we need Joe Kennedy to pull his weight on this stuff. It’s going to take everyone.