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So those of us in the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts (that would be Ed Markey's former House seat) are very excited that, tonight, we have a new Congresswoman, Katherine Clark!


After a very competitive primary in October, which Katherine won decisively, this final round was a bit sleepy -- but with more ice and snow...and Katherine won with 66% of the vote.

Town-by-town results here.

Katherine will be sworn in on Thursday, Dec. 12th.


Needless to say, as a constituent -- and just FYI two of her other constituents are Senators Warren and Markey -- I am very pleased that Katherine will be representing me in Congress!

Ew & KC Framingham

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  •  And young enough so that when Markey retires (8+ / 0-)

    she can take his place and serve for decades.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:15:07 PM PST

  •  Yes, Mam! Whatever you all are doing there in (5+ / 0-)

    Massachusetts, keep it up. America thanks you.

    "In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate." ~ Buddha

    by Leslie Salzillo on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 12:20:19 AM PST

  •  This is a D+14 seat (3+ / 0-)
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    raboof, brae70, AnnieR

    and we should be electing someone to the left of Elizabeth Warren to this seat if we are serious about moving the window to the left.

    I'm wary that someone who sponsored a bill which slashed state pensions by $5B dollars (including raising the retirement age) may not be the most progressive on Social Security.

    I also wonder about votes for increased wiretapping authority.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 02:01:50 AM PST

    •  Some feedback from a local (0+ / 0-)

      This angle got litigated in the Democratic primary and Clark won overwhelmingly -- and one of her opponents in the primary, Carl Sciortino (who I like a lot) is somewhat more liberal than she is, but he ran a fairly lousy campaign, compared to the excellent campaign Katherine ran.

      IMO it's all well and good to be 100% with your record but can you also run a district-wide campaign ie not just do well in liberal Cambridge? Katherine proved she was really the only candidate in the very competitive primary who was up to running a grassroots campaign district-wide which includes liberal enclaves, working class cities and wealthy towns. Progressive activists in this district were pretty divided in the Democratic primary, genuinely -- all the candidates were very strong and had good points -- but Katherine won by 10 points.

      And we can cherry-pick votes from here to eternity. For example, on the recent vote in the MA state senate (after the primary on October 15), Katherine voted with the progressive caucus to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers -- which one of her opponents in the Oct 15 primary, who had more labor support than Katherine, did not support -- so I think that tells us something.

      In addition, she came out very strong last night in her victory speech for confronting the climate crisis (as noted in my original post). That issue was not super central to her campaign in terms of her literature and ads, but it is clearly something she (and Mass progressives) care about deeply and feel great urgency about. If she can join forces on that issue with Senator Markey, it would be great, and it sounds like she wants to follow in his footsteps on that issue -- this is good news.

      Some perspective on the pension and wiretapping issues, as well as Social Security:

      And some morning after thoughts as well:

      Do I expect to agree with every vote Katherine casts in Congress? No. But I think her record will be very progressive and in line with her district -- and quite in line with our US Senate delegation, both of whom wield significant influence on the rest of the delegation and the state party. But we shall see...

      "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

      by abs0628 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 09:57:51 AM PST

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      •  We can certainly hope (0+ / 0-)

        that she will serve in a way representative of the 2nd most liberal district in Massachusetts.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 06:28:14 PM PST

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  •  MA Dem delegation now 3 women, 8 men (1+ / 0-)
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    2 US Senators and 9 members of House of Representatives

    Delegation had been all Dems, but all 11 were men.

    Over the last few years the delegation has changed.  It's still all Dems, but now contains 3 women and 8 men.

    Pennsylvania is total of 21 - 2 Senators and 19 Representatives.  20 men and 1 woman - and the lone woman Representative (Rep. Allyson Schwartz) is resigning to run for Governor.  

    PA has a lot more work to do to join the 21st century.

    •  Ohio too (1+ / 0-)
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      We have three women out of 16 representatives — three of our four Democrats (Tim "The Good" Ryan of Youngstown is our lone Democratic male).

      Obviously, you now know how many women there are in the 12-member (gerrymandered) Republican delegation. They primaried there only one last year.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 07:13:59 AM PST

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  •  very good news (0+ / 0-)

    The only town she lost was Woburn. Interesting. I know Woburn and can't think of anything unique about it that would cause it to go the other direction.

    Also, it was good to see that despite all the 3rd party promotion we see, they didn't fair but 3% of the vote.

    •  I used to live there (1+ / 0-)
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      My wife is from Woburn. I lived there from 1997-2003. I now live in John Tierney's district (MA-6).  Have no idea why she didn't win Woburn. I bet the numbers were off with this unusual time for a special election. Like Cosmo Scotty Brown's win, it took place during a snow storm. The difference is about a foot of snow fell on the North Shore on that Jan. 19, 2010 special.

      •  yes (0+ / 0-)

        I used to live in Burlington on the border of Woburn, then Revere Beach. Some odd data in the town results - Another is Winthrop. I'd always imagined Winthrop as solidly Democratic.

        •  Woburn & Winthrop (1+ / 0-)
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          I did notice that re: Woburn. Not sure what that was about.

          Winthrop, I hear tell from a fellow activist, is actually pretty conservative as towns go, so not as surprising.

          "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

          by abs0628 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 09:15:59 AM PST

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      •  Woburn also went Republican (0+ / 0-)

        in the Markey/Gomez special election.

        My only contact with Woburn in the past decade is their cineplex and driving through it on 128, er 95.   But from earlier I remember the place as seeming more upper working class Catholic than towns around it- the people who really went hardcore Republican in 1980.  

  •  Nice to have another women in Congress (1+ / 0-)
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    We're inching toward parity verrrrrrrrrrrrrry slowly.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 07:11:31 AM PST

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