Gov. Baker Should Consider Scott Lang for Senate [OPINION]
If Joe Biden is certified as the winner of the 2020 election for president and he selects Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Sen. Ed Markey for his Cabinet, Gov. Charlie Baker has a choice to make.
A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives has put forward a budget amendment regarding the ability of Gov. Baker to fill vacancies that occur if either or both of our U.S. Senators resign to take a position in the Biden Administration.
The amendment would restrict the Baker to selecting only a candidate from the same political party as the elected official who is resigning from office. Baker has to select a Democrat to fill out the term. There is a logic to the amendment. The people of Massachusetts have been electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate for generations and there is no indication they want to switch over now.
One candidate that should be in the mix is Scott Lang, the former mayor of New Bedford. He is a businessman who has run a law firm for decades. He worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate and he was an assistant district attorney in Bristol County. He was a member of the Ted Kennedy for President leadership team and a staffer at the Democratic National Committee. He was a union worker before he became an attorney for union workers.
He is not a fan of the radical Green New Deal. He supports the men and women of law enforcement rather than the radical idea of defunding the police. He understands transportation issues. He supports the American fishing industry.
If Charlie Baker has to select a Democrat, he should consider Scott Lang for our next U.S. Senator.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.