Tuesday, voters in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to select the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate to fill the seat vacated by the appointment of John Kerry as secretary of state. The winners of Tuesday’s primary will face off in the special election on June 25.
For voters who choose a Democratic ballot, we endorse Stephen Lynch, the current congressman from the 8th District.
Lynch has a traditional Democratic pedigree. A native of South Boston, Lynch built himself up from his working-class background by taking college classes at night while working as an ironworker by day. He was the youngest person elected president of his ironworkers union local. He ultimately earned a law degree from Boston College Law School.
In his congressional career, Lynch has declined to march in lockstep with his fellow Democrats. Lynch is generally conservative on social matters — he is pro-life but does not support overturning Roe v. Wade — but is more liberal and pro-labor on economic issues. Lynch supported a health care reform bill in the House but dropped his support for the Senate bill that became “Obamacare” because cost-control measures had been gutted from the legislation. He was the only New England representative to vote against the bill.
One may not support Lynch on all his legislative positions. But clearly, he is a man of principle and integrity who honestly represents the interests of the people who elect him.
His opponent is Edward Markey, the 18-term congressman raised in Malden and rarely seen there since. Markey embodies everything that is wrong with national politics. He is a bitter partisan who unleashes vile attacks against opponents over who they are, rather than their positions. He is a creature of the Beltway, more attuned to Washington and its environs than Massachusetts and its needs. Putting Ed Markey in the Senate would only increase the divide between the people of Massachusetts and their representatives in Washington.
For Republicans and independents lamenting the loss of former Sen. Scott Brown, candidate Dan Winslow is the best choice. Winslow, the current state representative from Norfolk, would bring a needed touch of moderation to the Massachusetts delegation.
Winslow has solid conservative ideas on economics and job growth that include simplifying business taxes and ending the unfortunate efforts of government, particularly in the Obama administration, to pick winners and losers in the marketplace. Winslow says there’s $100 billion in immediate savings to be had by eliminating wasteful and redundant federal spending — and doing so is necessary to begin getting our runaway debt under control.
On social matters, Winslow is a moderate supporting pro-choice positions and marriage equality. He calls himself a “big tent” Republican.
We are intrigued by the candidacy of Gabriel Gomez, the businessman and former Navy SEAL from Cohasset but are concerned by his lack of political experience. We would encourage him to look at a run for state office.
Michael Sullivan, the former U.S. attorney, has strong conservative credentials — perhaps too strong to be elected in “blue” Massachusetts.
For his pro-business outlook, big-tent approach on social matters and electability, our choice is Winslow.