GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

June 7, 2013

Letter: Markey will work well with local lawmakers

To the editor,

Former Republican senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole appeared on the Fox network a week ago, saying that his own party ought to hang a sign on the door that says, “Closed for repairs.”

Its not that he’s abandoned his conservative principles — far from it. But Sen. Dole feels that Republicans have forgotten that politics is necessarily the art of compromise.

When he was in office, he reached across the aisle and cooperated with liberals like George McGovern to support school lunch programs and efforts to alleviate rural poverty. The design and funding of such problems was worked out through a responsible process of give and take.

By contrast today, any Republican who even hints at being pragmatic in dealing with Democrats faces swift punishment from the extreme right.

That’s why I’m working especially hard for the election of Congressman Ed Markey to fill the seat of John Kerry, our new Secretary of State.

Markey has a proven record of fighting for the middle class, protecting women’s rights, supporting education, and expanding job growth. He will work closely with John Tierney, Elizabeth Warren, and our own Ann-Margaret Ferrante (all of whom have endorsed him enthusiastically) to support our fishing industry and the local economy.

Plain and simple, a vote for his Republican opponent would be a vote for continued gridlock. In the June 25 special election, I urge you to vote for Ed Markey. Thank you.

MIKE WHEELER

Gloucester

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Motorcyclist Sticks Landing This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS