Fresh on the heels of Elizabeth Warren's flop of a visit to New Bedford last week comes word that Ed Markey is on his way. I guess these sighting of two rare birds is further proof that spring is here.

Last week, Warren posed for pictures with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell at a COVID-19 vaccination center that is not even expected to open until mid-April. Hey, shill when you get the chance, right? Warren actually said funding the vaccination center was "about treating our fishermen and seafood workers with respect." She said that, honest!

Markey will be in New Bedford tomorrow to visit the COVID-19 vaccination center at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center.

I wonder if while he is here, Markey, co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, will say anything about windmills? Recently, President Joe Biden said he's okay with allowing the placement of those godawful things off of the Massachusetts coast and now in the New York Bight. The Bight is a huge fishing area off the coast of New York. Most of the fish caught there is sold here in New Bedford. Mayor Mitchell is convinced this is a good idea, so there is that.

Ten of the 11 members of the New Bedford City Council turned their backs on Warren last week, refusing to participate in her dog and pony show. Let's hope they do the same when Markey visits.

Warren and Markey do not represent the people of New Bedford in Congress. We owe them nothing.

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 and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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