Markey Fights for Abortion, Not Fishing Industry [OPINION]
Junior Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey found his way home to Massachusetts on Monday, but he didn't waste his time on the docks of New Bedford where the fishing industry is being crushed by the environmental whack jobs who contribute to his campaign. After all, Markey knows where his bread is buttered.
Markey instead chartered a course for Allston and Planned Parenthood, where he promised supporters that Democrats would lead the charge against U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh,
"We are going to create a political firestorm around Judge Kavanaugh's nomination," Markey is reported to have said.
I wish he'd create a political firestorm around NOAA, which is systematically putting our fishing industry out of business.
There is something rather repulsive about politicians who put the killing of unborn babies at a higher priority than saving jobs and an industry that has fed the nation and the world for centuries. But, that's our congressional delegation.
Ed Markey and his partner-in-crime Elizabeth Warren are owned by the special interest environmentalists who control their base and the contributions they receive. They cannot publicly stand with the New Bedford fishing fleet without running the risk of alienating their base. That's why Markey chose to visit the abortion-on-demand crowd rather than the fishing families of New Bedford who really could use his help.
The pair attended a waterfront forum in the spring, but have done next to nothing to help the beleaguered industry before or since.
Markey and Warren need to be replaced as quickly as possible by candidates who are interested in serving their entire constituencies and not just the special interests. Markey is not up for re-election this year, so we are stuck with him for a while longer--but Warren is. It's time to send Warren back to the private sector.
Remember, the best way to be sure Warren does not win in 2020 is to defeat her in 2018.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.