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Sen. Ed Markey gives campaign money to corporate Dem Patrick Murphy over progressive champion Alan Grayson.
I am writing to express my disappointment in Senator Ed Markey (MA-D)’s recent financial support for Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-D) as he works to secure the Democratic primary nomination for Marco Rubio’s recently vacated Florida Senate seat. Rep. Murphy supports the Keystone XL pipeline, the TPP, and other anti-environment, pro-corporate initiatives. Rep. Murphy is a New Dem who falls in line with the corporations; NOT progressive ideals Sen. Markey and our other representatives from Massachusetts champion so well. Rep. Murphy’s opponent, Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-D), is a true grassroots champion, raising the most campaign contributions in the House from small donors of $200 or less. Rep. Grayson’s progressive ideas and policies make him the candidate we need standing next to Senator Warren, Senator Sanders, and other progressive leaders.
I was truly disturbed upon calling his Washington D.C office on July 13, when a staffer confirmed Sen. Markey “directly contributed money to Rep. Murphy’s primary campaign along with twenty other Senate Democrats.” Twenty other Senate Democrats many considered the neoliberal corporatist DINO wing of the Democratic party: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard “Dick” Durbin (Illinois); and U.S. senators Bill Nelson (Florida), Kirsten Gillibrand (New York); Cory Booker (New Jersey); Tim Kaine (Virginia); Mark Warner (Virginia); Patty Murray (Washington); Ed Markey (Massachusetts); Michael Bennett (Colorado); Barbara Boxer (California); Jack Reed (Rhode Island); Debbie Stabenow (Michigan); Martin Heinrich (New Mexico); Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island); Ron Wyden (Oregon); Tom Carper (Delaware); Chris Coons (Delaware); and Al Franken (Minnesota).
Maybe it’s due to pressure from the Democratic leadership in Senator Chuck Schumer (NY-D), but I want to know how Sen. Ed Markey, as a proclaimed “progressive” and champion of the environment, can justify supporting a corporate sellout like Rep. Patrick Murphy over a true progressive and one of the most vocal opponents to the TPP, Rep. Alan Grayson.
Let’s hope the interests of the people of Massachusetts aren’t being sold out.