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  •  Do you have a better candidate (7+ / 0-)

    you are supporting? Or are you just generically in favor of primaries?

    I'm generically in favor of primaries but I also have no problem when the party comes together behind an excellent candidate... as is the case here.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:44:34 PM PST

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    •  capuano (0+ / 0-)

      I actually think Capuano would be a stronger candidate. I think that's who Markey is scared of, too.

      Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

      by mattinjersey on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:48:50 PM PST

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      •  Capuano ran in 2009 - how did he do? (5+ / 0-)
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        pistolSO, JBraden, itskevin, sethtriggs, Matt Z

        The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

        by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:51:14 PM PST

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      •  Capuano ran a very poor campaign (8+ / 0-)

        against Coakley last time around and raised very little money. He is also listed as the 5th most progressive House member from Mass.

        He's also free to run in the primary if he cares to... as is Lynch.

        I doubt Markey is "scared" of Capuano though I have no doubt that both Markey and the Dem establishment would prefer not to have a primary. Special elections are a different beast then general elections and if Brown runs on the Republican side then it is very important to get the general election portion of the campaign going as soon as possible as he will be running almost as an incumbent.

        "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

        by Andrew C White on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:52:27 PM PST

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      •  A Markey vs. Capuano primary has no upside (9+ / 0-)

        and has a ton of downsides.

        1. The winner of the primary would only have six weeks to run against Scott Brown.   You do realize that having five months to beat him is better than a month and half, right?

        2. Capuano has less than $500,000 and he is not good at fundraising.   Do you really want Brown to have his Wall Street buddies bury Capuano in ads, especially ones that would be total lies.

        3. Capuano lost to Coakley last time, he probably turned off some women voters due to how he ran against her, and Capuano has a repution of being short-tempered.

        4. There is almost no difference between Capuano and Markey as far as their policy stances.   Why risk dividing the progressive vote if Lynch stays in?

        Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

        by pistolSO on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:55:16 PM PST

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      •  there's no indication he'll run (3+ / 0-)
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        and Markey endorsed him in 2009.  Why would he run against him?

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 02:09:14 PM PST

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