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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-25-13 07:25 AM
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Up today in Massachusetts: Special U.S. Senate election, Markey v. Gomez
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Edited on Tue Jun-25-13 07:30 AM by No Elephants
I'm sorry that the Party chose Markey over Lynch.

IMO, Lynch was much more populist, not to mention that he still actually lives in Massachusetts and has not been absent a reported 75% of the time. Heaven knows, the schedule of the House is not very demanding and Markey lives all the way over in nearby Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Markey used to list Chevy Chase, where he paid a million dollars for his home, as his primary residence, until his actual residence became an election issue. Then, he changed the records to show his parents' modest home in Malden, Massachusetts (not exactly a chi chi town). He still does not show that he occupies that home in his Massachusetts real estate tax records. (Massachusetts gives a modest real estate tax break on one owner occupied home.) Still, Markey claims he's always lived in Malden, even when his parents were still alive.

All righty then. That settles that. Good to know the next Senator from Massachusetts is not violating the Constitutional residence requirement for U.S. Senators and hasn't been violating any Constitutional residence requirement for Reprentatives for many years.

Also, Lynch seemed to me to wrestle with his conscience, becoming more pro-equality and pro-choice as he went along, despite his heavily Catholic personal beliefs (and his heavily Catholic constituency).

But, as soon as the Party backed Markey, the state party and state Democrats went right along. This included unions, even though Lynch is known for his pro-worker, pro-union stances. Lynch never had a prayer, if you'll pardon the expression.

I think the Party should stay out of primaries. That is our one and only shot at a vote of any meaning.

But, I guess they feel it's important to make sure the candidate is the most electible (allegedly). Doesn't matter that Lynch polled better than Markey against all 3 Republican primary candidates, including Gomez. They knew Markey would win this election, no matter what.

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