Re: Markey/Lynch ?
posted at 4/3/2013 2:58 PM EDT
In response to ms_obstinate's comment:
Lynch slams national Democratic party for backing Markey
U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the underdog in the Democratic special Senate election, blasted national Dems for their unfair backing of his rival U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey and for blocking donations to him, but vowed that he would outwork his opponent to clinch a win.
“They haven’t been fair,” Lynch said of the national Democrats who he says have funneled donations and some union support Markey’s way. “No they haven’t been fair. I think they’ve done their best to discourage people from sending me contributions from Washington. They’ve basically said Markey’s our guy, don’t give to Lynch.”
In a wide-ranging interview with the Herald today, Lynch said he faces an uphill battle because the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee backed Markey.
“It’s considerable. It’s tough when the party’s against you. The Senate Democratic committee has $40 million in their SuperPac,” he said.
He also tweaked Markey for flip-flopping on abortion and spending much of his time in his Maryland home instead of Malden.
“I think you can be a very good and effective member of Congress or member of the Senate and live in Chevy Chase Maryland and go to Washington for 36 years and seldom come back. I’m just saying that’s not my style,” said Lynch in an hour-long sit down that covered the heated Boston mayor’s race and the upcoming University of Massachusetts Lowell Boston Herald debate on April 8.
“I’ve got three more debates, and it’s all about Election Day,” he said, pointing out that he’s won previous races when he was behind in the polls. “I think I might have to pull the goalie to win this thing.”
He promised to be aggressive when necessary, saying, “I’m not a shrinking violet,” while hitting Markey for delivering canned, “blah, blah, blah,” answers during their first debate. He also slammed the Malden Democrat for posing as the “pro choice” candidate despite the fact that Markey once supported overturning the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
“He’s holding out for a loss of memory on the part of the voters,” he said, adding that complaints about his own pro-life position are “disingenuous.”
“You would think he might see the hypocrisy in some of the positions he’s taken. But I’m not sure he sees it,” he said.
Lynch said he will not run for Mayor of Boston even if he loses the April 30 primary, admitting he considered running to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino but never seriously.
“I’m flattered. I think I could be the most help in the U.S. Senate,” he said, admitting that the heated race has pulled attention away from the special Senate election and hurt his chances for a win.
“We’re trying to get our message out and all these folks are getting in or out,” he said. “It means all hands on deck. Everything you’ve got to do to win an election, we’ve got to do."
I'm a registered independant who has voted against alot of Dems over the last two elections, including against Obama twice.
That being said, I think Markey is a total hack, and doesn't deserve to be anything but a hack. On the other hand, Lynch would be a better mayor, he's got such a "home-town-boy" story, he could win easily if he switched his path to running boston.
Markey is a dangerous ultra-left liberal, IMO.