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  •  OK, sell me. (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Sylv

    I'm a Massachusetts voter and I don't have a favorite to replace John Kerry.  I don't intend to donate to anyone at this point; I want to see who gets into the race, and see how the race goes, before I make up my mind.

    Why should I support Markey over his opponents in the Democratic primary?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:52:44 PM PST

    •  Here are a few. (6+ / 0-)

      For one, Markey is and has been a consistent progressive in the House.

      He is VERY pro-clean energy and doing something about the environment. He's the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, and was one of the key members of the House that pressured BP to place underwater cameras on the Deepwater Horizon mess in the Gulf in 2010 - exposing to the world the mess that BP was causing there. He's the former chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. And he's been one of the leading critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of Westinghouse's new nuclear reactor design after the Fukushima disaster. Lastly, on Green issues, he was the co-author, with California's Henry Waxman, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

      Full disclosure - he is also the former Chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (a committee on which he served 20 years). Not all of his positions there were always my favorites, but here are two good quotes from his own bio page:

      He is the author of H.R. 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, a bill that would ensure that as the Internet continues to evolve, it remains a level playing field guided by the principles of openness and competition.

      Rep. Markey is a champion for Net Neutrality and nondiscrimination on the Internet and for new sources of effective competition to cable TV franchises, local telephone operators, and satellite and other wireless services.

      How's that for a start?

      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

      by frisco on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:15:51 PM PST

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    •  Climate change (2+ / 0-)
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      joe from Lowell, frisco

      Sorry, I posted my comment below when I meant to reply to you, but the bottom line is, he is totally committed to fighting climate change.

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      by Noisy Democrat on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:27:18 PM PST

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