, Newburyport, MA

May 28, 2013

Markey has our back

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

As he runs for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Ed Markey has the back of Massachusetts voters on every issue. Markey supports a woman’s right to choose and is endorsed by Planned Parenthood. Markey is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign for his long-term support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Markey fits with our values by bravely standing up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and supporting an assault weapon ban, limits on high-capacity magazines and background checks. Markey has been a tireless supporter of nuclear safety at the Seabrook plant and has emerged as the preeminent leader on nuclear plant safety nationally. Markey has staunchly protected Medicare and Social Security, opposing efforts to diminish these benefits for our senior citizens (like me). Markey supports Wall Street reform, and he is endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He supports innovative technology, labor and jobs, earning Congressman Stephen Lynch’s and the AFL-CIO’s endorsement. Markey co-wrote the American Clean Energy Act, which would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and would help create clean energy jobs. He is a national leader on climate change. Markey is endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters.

By any measure, Gabriel Gomez is a poor fit for Massachusetts. He is personally opposed to a woman’s right to choose. To his credit, he supports gay marriage, but — given his party allegiance — it is difficult to see him leading the charge on LGBT issues. He backs the NRA’s loopy opposition to an assault weapons ban. He has said nothing about nuclear safety. He opposes Wall Street reforms. He is fuzzy on climate change, clean energy and the environment. He bills himself as a “fresh” face, which as a practical matter, means he is figuring out where he stands on critical issues on the fly. His election could offset having Elizabeth Warren as our senator and raise the spectre of a Republican Senate majority.

Congressman Markey is an accomplished and courageous leader who has taken on tough challenges and has consistently stood up for the people of Massachusetts. Ed Markey he has earned our vote for the U.S. Senate on June 25.

Bruce Skud