Mike Sullivan declared for the US Senate on Saturday at the Abington VFW, here are excerpts from his announcement speech:
“During my career, I’ve been privileged to serve as a prosecutor. It’s good training for a political campaign. It’s given me the chance to deal with citizens at their best – when the stakes are high, when they feel the weight of an important choice….
Our justice system depends on the good judgment and instincts of ordinary people. And so, in the end, does our political system. The men and women of Massachusetts know a lot is riding on this special election. They don’t appreciate their votes being taken for granted by the same old candidates or by new ones. They expect…serious ideas and straightforward talk – with facts instead of just more rhetoric….
So often today, we’re offered a choice between the ‘culture wars’ of one party and the ‘class warfare’ of the other. And where does it get us, as a country?
While our Senate does little, America is looking at the prospect of a debt crisis. And yet all that many can talk about is more federal spending, more borrowing, more debt that they will leave for others to pay….They offer billion-dollar solutions when we’re dealing with trillion-dollar problems….
The WWII generation did not achieve so much for this country, only to have it all squandered by politicians who won’t face up to the clear duties of our time. Compared to what others before us have faced, the problems of today are totally within our power to solve and put behind us….
The federal tax code is a standing invitation to manipulation, favor-seeking, and abuse of every kind…I will advocate its complete reform….
Reform is needed in other centers of power and privelege…we’ve seen massive transfers of wealth from the people of this country to the banks and corporations of Wall Street. Firms are said to be ‘too big to fail’ have been artificially inflated…speculators have benefited…
I’m a believer in the good that government can do – because I’ve seen that for myself, too. As Plymouth County District Attorney, I saw government doing the most vital work therer is, which is to protect the innocent. When children were endangered or abused, the state moved in to punish the offenders. When women were victims of brutality, we came to their defense and brought the violent to justice…”
“Lynch and Markey agree to 1st live TV debate March 27 at 7pm at Channel 5 studios. #masen”
— Michael Levenson (@mlevenson) March 7, 2013
So fact check me: Lynch will debate at WCVB but won’t make an ad buy at the station?
Yes, that is true, according to the letter Lynch sent to WCVB this morning, which I admit I didn’t read until now.
If the contract dispute is as Lynch stated a “similar issue [as] arose during my first campaign for Congress in 2001, when I was forced to skip a debate at Fox 25 because I refused to cross a picket line.”
Then how can Lynch, who equates the no contract situation as a “picket line” cross that same picket line and attend the debate?
Stephen Lynch came out with a clever strategy to yank Ed Markey out of his Rose Garden and get him front of live pitching to answer Lynch’s move to refrain from advertising on WCVB due to a labor contract dispute.
Lynch campaign will refrain from advertising on WCVB stephenflynch.com/news/2013-03-l… #masen
— Stephen F. Lynch (@lynchforsenate) March 8, 2013
Will it work? No word yet on Markey’s stance on a WCVB ad buy.
Lynch spokesguy @conoryunits tells me the IBEW asked both campaigns to boycott WCVB–so maybe my “Hail Mary” take was premature. #masen
— Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) March 8, 2013
Not questioning @repstephenlynch’s commitment to unions, but the WCVB boycott feels a bit like a #masen Hail Mary. #mapoli
— Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) March 8, 2013
Not to be out done, the Massachusetts GOP is also out today calling both Markey and Lynch as anti-job. In a press release on the medical device tax GOP honcho Kirsten Hughes said the Congressmen were in a fight for title of ‘Best Job Killer’.
From the statement:
“While Markey and Lynch fight over who makes the better foot soldier for the D.C. Party bosses, the people of Massachusetts deserve to know that both of them voted for job-killing tax increases in an industry important to the future of Massachusetts. There are residents of this state who literally lost their jobs because of the votes taken by Markey and Lynch. Now that’s an issue I’d like to hear them discuss,” said Kirsten Hughes MassGOP Chairman.
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and state affiliate the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund have given the nod Ed Markey, the endorsement comes on the heals of the MoveOn.org approval in the last twenty-four hours.
From the Markey statement:
Among Rep. Markey’s top conservation highlights:
· Co-authoring the first ever climate change legislation to pass the House
· Successfully battling for landmark new fuel economy standards that will save Americans more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump
· Working for full enforcement of air pollution limits to protect public health as well as fish and wildlife
· Leading successful efforts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other cherished public lands across the country
· Fighting BP to make public a live video feed of its Gulf oil gusher, which scientists analyzed to determine the spill rate was much higher than BP’s public estimate
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