USAction, which has nearly 500,000 members nationwide and more than 12,600 members in Massachusetts alone, today announced its endorsement of Ed Markey to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.
Primary elections to fill Kerry’s unexpired term are April 30, with the general election June 25. USAction joins a growing crescendo of organizations backing Markey as the preferred choice for progressive voters.
“Ed Markey is a real progressive who represents the best of the Democratic Party,” declared Alan Charney, USAction program director. “Ed Markey has voted in favor of reining in wasteful Pentagon spending as well as closing tax loopholes for big oil companies and for other corporations that keep shipping good American jobs overseas. No other candidate in the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts can claim to be a champion for the middle class and for working Massachusetts families.”
Charney said he expects most of USAction’s members in Massachusetts to turn out for the April 30 primary – meaning the impact of USAction’s endorsement could be magnified due to an expected low turnout. In addition, he said the fact that no high-profile Republican has opted to run for the seat means the winner of the Democratic Primary could well represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate.
“Elizabeth Warren needs a trusted partner who will stand up to the too-big-to-fail banks and corporations,” he said. “We think Ed Markey is the one.”