Taunton Daily Gazette – U.S. Senate hopeful Markey makes campaign stop in Taunton
One week after Stephen Lynch made a campaign stop at Off Broadway Diner, the man running against the 8th district congressman in the Democratic primary to fill John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat spoke to a packed house at the same downtown eatery.
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, of the commonwealth’s 5th congressional district, was greeted warmly Thursday by a crowd of about 40, who filled booths and chairs in the basement dining room of the popular Taunton Green restaurant.
Markey never mentioned Lynch, who has been endorsed by Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr.
He instead wasted little time laying out an agenda that includes supporting President Barack Obama’s affordable health care act, commonly known as Obamacare; encouraging clean-energy industry development; ensuring employment opportunities for women and their right to choose abortion; and stricter gun laws.
Markey has also recently spoken out strongly in opposition to Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court Case allowing corporations and unions to make unlimited campaign donations.
Markey has gone so far as to compare Citizens United to the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, when the court ruled that both slaves and free blacks were not U.S. citizens and, therefore, not protected by the Constitution.
Calling Citizens United “a polluter of our public debate,” Markey told the crowd at Off Broadway that if elected he would propose a constitutional amendment to repeal the controversial act.
He accused the Republican party of raising tens of millions of dollars from donors who fail to provide full disclosure.
“The public rose up then and it is rising up again,” he said, referring to the Dred Scott-Citizens United analogy.
During a short post-appearance interview, Markey said he would try to revive the effort to build a commercial rail line extending through Taunton from Boston to Fall River.
“We need a comprehensive transportation bill — the federal money would be extremely helpful.”