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September 9, 2013

Our view: Markey lacks spine on Syria debate

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Markey not only let down Bay State citizens, the longtime congressman from Malden also turned himself and the state into a national political laughingstock.

“So Ed Markey spent 37 years waiting to get to the Senate to confront a major issue and vote ... present,” tweeted Steve Kornacki, a political writer for Salon.

“Markey votes present ... embarrassing, at least have the fortitude and courage to vote yes or no. Not a time to dither,” tweeted Gabriel Gomez, the Republican businessman Markey defeated in the special election.

Markey tried to explain himself in a statement and in comments to the Boston Globe. Markey said he was concerned about some details of the resolution and worried that use of force could entangle U.S. troops in the Syrian civil war.

Fine. If that’s the case, stand up against the president and vote “no” on the resolution. In any event, Markey’s spineless “present” suggests he doesn’t understand the committee was not voting to let the missiles fly but merely to send the matter on to the full Senate for debate.

Massachusetts voters deserve better than this. They deserve representatives in the House and Senate who are unafraid to speak their minds.

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