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Rep. Ed Markey has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Sen. John Kerry, assuming Mr. Kerry appointment as Secretary of State is affirmed in the US Senate, as is widely expected.

Here's what Mr. Markey had to say about why he was joining the race:

"I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important. There is so much at stake."

"With Senator Kerry's departure, Massachusetts voters will decide once again whether we want a Senator who will fight for all our families or one who supports a Republican agenda that benefits only the powerful and well-connected. I refuse to allow the Tea-Party dominated Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff and into recession. I won't allow the National Rifle Association to obstruct an assault weapons ban yet again. I will not sit back and allow oil and coal industry lobbyists to thwart our clean energy future or extremists to restrict women's rights and health care."

Markey is the perfect candidate to replace John Kerry. Can you please help fund Mr. Markey's campaign so he can get the jump on the much-anticipated warmed-over campaign of Scott Brown?

I've just opened this campaign fundraising page on ActBlue to raise funds for Representative Markey's campaign. Can you join the fun(d) and help get his campaign off and running? Thanks!

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  •  In lieu of tips... (8+ / 0-)

    ...please donate. Thank you!

    "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 06:30:05 PM PST

  •  I'm in, but the donation apparently hasn't (3+ / 0-)
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    frisco, stevenaxelrod, ShoshannaD

    shown up yet.

    Thanks for doing this. I was just asking about it yesterday.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:49:48 PM PST

  •  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.

      Please visit: http://www.jkmediasource.org

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

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  •  recced and hotlisted/thx for doing this (1+ / 0-)
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    frisco

    Can't donate but very pleased you are getting  us fired up and underway.

    sh

  •  He's passionate about fighting climate change (1+ / 0-)
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    frisco

    He's been holding public rallies and press conferences demanding action on climate change ever since last summer -- at least, that was the first one I knew about; maybe he's been at it longer than that. I think climate change is the #1 threat to humanity and clearly a massive threat to Massachusetts -- our most beloved cities and buildings are barely above sea level -- and I think we need someone who will take a stand.

    Please visit: http://www.jkmediasource.org

    by Noisy Democrat on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:26:04 PM PST

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