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U.S. Senate hopeful Markey stumps in Pittsfield

Posted at: 02/19/2013 11:36 PM
By: Dan Levy

PITTSFIELD - There's only one U.S. Senate seat up for grabs this year and it happens to be in the state of Massachusetts. The man who has now become the leading contender to replace John Kerry in the Senate held a political rally in Pittsfield Tuesday night.

Edward Markey first went to congress 37 years ago, being re-elected every time since. Eight times he ran unopposed.

There was no mistaking who the Berkshire Brigade members are pulling for in the upcoming special election in Massachusetts, just like there's no mistaking where Congressman Edward Markey stands on political issues.

"My goal is to go to Washington to fight for the agenda of President Barack Obama," he proclaimed, in front of about 200 partisan supporters Tuesday night at the Italian American Lodge #564 in Pittsfield.

Markey says he intends to partner with the Bay State's now senior Senator Elizabeth Warren for the next generation.

Before that can happen, he'd have to defeat fellow house member Stephen Lynch in a democratic primary.

"I had a choice not to run," Markey says, "The only reason I'm running is because I think I can do more in the Senate."

Markey, a progressive, and an expert on energy policy and global warming, wants to create a new law that reduces greenhouse gases by 80%.

"The planet is running a fever," he says, "There are no emergency rooms for planets."

He's also determined to pass a constitutional amendment to change federal election law.

"We have to repeal Citizens' United or else democracy as we know it will be in a constitutional crisis," he opined.

In the wake of Newtown, Connecticut, Markey says he's fed up with assault weapons.

"I want these guns off our streets," he demanded.

He's also vowing to fight for womens' rights and LGBT rights, and he's willing to fight it out with the Tea Party.

"On everyone of these issues, there's only one thing that separates the Tea Party Republicans in Washington from the Berkshire Brigade," he begins, "On every single issue, the difference is: you are right and they are wrong!"

According to the most recent poll results, Markey leads Lynch by 7 points, with 26% of the voters undecided.

Next month, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will be co-hosting a fundraiser for Markey.

The special election is coming up in June.