Lynch/Markey Debate in Lowell

The Boston Herald sponsored a debate at UMass Lowell between Congressmen Lynch and Markey who are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

You can view that debate online at The Boston Herald web site.

I think this was a much better run debate than the similar one at UMass Lowell for the Senate seat now held by Elizabeth Warren.  The questions from the students were much more on point than the ones in the previous debate.  I think the candidates did a good job in showing you who they are and how they would operate in the Senate.

In my opinion, Ed Markey is still the better choice.  It may be a fine point, but there is a time and a place to show your disagreement with members of your own party and another time and place where you have to make a decision as to whether or not to unite as a party and support a piece of legislation.  You can see from many of the posts on this blog, even one I posted today, where I show my vehement opposition to something that our President has done or said.  However, when it comes down to a crucial vote, you have to decide whether to accept the best deal that you can get, or take nothing.  Both Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch have made decisions on both sides of this spectrum of choices. I am in agreement with Ed Markey’s choices more than I am in agreement with Stephen Lynch’s.

It also helps to remember the lesson that Senator Kerry learned in his run for President.  A good resume is a great thing to have, but it is not enough to get you elected.  Stephen Lynch touted his resume about how he started an underprivileged life and rose as far as he did.  In fact, his resume is not that much different from Ed Markey’s nor Elizabeth Warren’s who he seems to think are elitist.  At least in Senator Kerry’s case he did have a resume that few candidates could match, especially his opponent at the time.

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