"It will be an uphill fight for me, but the fight is worth fighting. Shame on us to allow someone to clear the field, box out all the other candidates, and buy the election," said Lynch, in an apparent reference to Markey....In addition to attacking Markey, Lynch undoubtedly will try to run to his right. Here's the first taste:
Never mind that Elizabeth Warren handily beat Scott Brown without trying to clone his most cloying attributes, as Lynch would prefer to do. In any event, the person Lynch is appealing to most right now is Brown himself, since the Republican former senator has to be licking his chops at the prospect of a nasty primary between the two Democrats. Brown still hasn't announced a decision, but surely this development can only make his entry more likely.
So what should Markey do now? Fortunately, he has two advantages: He's got a lot more money than Lynch, and he's got a terrific progressive profile. (For the progressive case against Lynch, see BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski.) I don't think Markey has to go negative. Rather, he can and should tout his credentials loudly in order to lock down the liberal vote, which still constitutes the majority of the primary electorate, despite what Lynch may believe. Lynch of course will have his union allies, but in a statewide primary like this, there are lots of votes out there for Markey to unearth.
Oh, and put up your freakin' website already. That would help.