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  •  Markey's campaign kickoff is this Saturday. (11+ / 0-)

    Presumably, he'll get a real website up in conjunction with the kickoff.  At least, I hope so!

    I can't fault him for not doing a full website before Kerry was even confirmed as Secretary of State.

    •  I'm pleased the web site won't go live (4+ / 0-)
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      until the announcement. His committee has been emailing.  Heck, I'm registered in Washington State and I've already received 2 emails and, since my husband is a retired union official, we'd actually expect first contact from Lynch from whom we've heard nothing.

    •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

      My congressman in my heavily blue district has a full website. Why shouldn't this guy.

      And if the opponent is running with full union backing, then I  would take it to mean that person is the favorite. I would also question on what basis DK labels him as a "conservative."  I've seen that happen in my own district, and falsely.

      •  Markey has a decent website (2+ / 0-)
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        as a Congressman. It's his separate Senate campaign site that, as of now, sucks.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:59:20 AM PST

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      •  Lynch can't claim "full union backing" (5+ / 0-)

        He has the strong backing of his union but the larger union community is split between the two candidates. See my other post about union endorsements for Markey.

      •  The opponent is not the "favorite" (15+ / 0-)

        First poll his him trailing Markey 52-19, and rightfully so. He is "conservative" for the following:

        --Opposes abortion rights
        --Voted no on Obamacare
        --Supported Iraq war
        --Supported Patriot Act and wiretaps
        --Opposed, until perhaps last month, an assault weapons ban
        --Opposed all hate-crimes legislation
        --Stated, though it did not affect his district one whit, that the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan should be relocated to show sensitivity to "us," the real Americans.
        --Though now claiming to support same-sex marriage, he is the only member of the Mass. delegation who won't sign a brief against DOMA. He won his first election by challenging the incumbent State Rep in a Democratic primary. His campaign was based on the state rep's failure to support those who preferred cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day parade to letting a gay group march in it.

        He has support among hard hat unions because he was a hard hat. His dad was an ironworker and he was one too, for almost 20 years. He was the president of his own union. But other unions (SEIU, notably) are cool. In 2010 SEIU's state political director ran against him in a primary.

        He comes from a neighborhood famous for lunchpail economic populism and severe social conservatism, and his appeal is primarily to that demographic. The majority of Massachusetts Dems are not high on him at all.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:07:30 PM PST

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        •  In other words, he's a f---ing Blue Dog (1+ / 0-)
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          Just what Mass needs, its very own version of Ben Nelson.  Maybe that's what we have to settle for in benighted hellholes like Nebraska but this is the state of the Kennedys and John Kerry (not to mention my birthplace). To relate it to Arizona politics, Lynch is closer to Flake than Carmona.

          Massachusetts can and should do better so get your campaign on already. Ed.

          See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

          by Panama Pete on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:25:12 AM PST

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          •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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            eve, Panama Pete

            He's more economically populist than the typical Blue Dog, but he's in the right wing of the party on many, many issues.

            I was at Markey's campaign kickoff today and no lethargy in sight. There must have been over 1,000 people there revved up and ready to go. Markey himself gave a good talk, a truly progressive campaign speech. He hit a lot of the themes that worked for Warren, plus (of course) a fair dose of talk about climate change and environmental issues. He's clearly positioning himself as the progressive in this primary and the sense here is he'll win.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:51:12 PM PST

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