In an attempt to divert from the growing criticism that Senator Markey has been absent in Massachusetts for the last several decades, his campaign released a digital map laying out what the Senator has “delivered” for our communities between 2005 and 2020.
After a closer look, it’s clear that the Senator has been largely MISSING from Massachusetts –– in presence and accomplishments –– since being elected to the Senate. The vast majority of Ed Markey accomplishments for Massachusetts cities and towns are collaborative efforts within the federal delegation, such as FEMA grants, e-rate funding or even just joint letters to the White House–usually led by the House member who represents the community. His appearances of note in most communities are few and far between.
“This website literally maps out Senator Markey’s lack of presence in Massachusetts and how, after 47 years in elected office, he has fallen short on delivering for many of our communities,” said Nick Clemons, Kennedy for Massachusetts Campaign Manager. “Besides confirming that he has failed to visit countless towns across the Commonwealth, his attempt to claim credit for the efforts of other members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation is deeply disingenuous. Voters are tired of this kind of old-school, Washington politics and leaders who tout accomplishments in press releases but never show up on the ground to be held accountable. We deserve a Senator who won’t leave Massachusetts behind.”
Some highlights, courtesy of The Markey Map:
- From 2011 to 2019, Ed Markey delivered exactly zero wins for his hometown of Malden and his first thing he delivered for the people of Malden as a United States Senator was his attendance at a trick-or-treating event in 2019 –– a month after Kennedy announced his campaign.
- Ed Markey hosted his first meet and greet in Fall River in early 2020, nearly a decade after being elected to the Senate. That was also the day he visited New Bedford to “read a passage” from Moby Dick in an historic achievement for the local community.
- Ed Markey’s “applauding” of the passage of a VA Health Bill in June of 2014 is what he considers to be his major accomplishment for Brockton.
- Between 2009 and 2020 Ed Markey apparently delivered nothing for the town of Natick. His only local accomplishment for Natick residents was when HE won the Natick caucuses this year. (Although, yikes: “Mass. Democratic Party looking Into Natick Caucus won by Markey”)
- The only thing he has delivered for Watertown since 2009 was a press conference to announce a new piece of legislation.
- In 2017, Ed Markey held a town hall in Peabody. In 2020, he made his first visit to Shrewsbury. He does not appear to have ever physically visited Chelsea.
- Ed Markey has “secured” $1,369.20 for Berlin in nearly a decade representing the town, which is only slightly better than the $406.62 he has secured for Wales.
- In a great achievement for all of Raynham, Ed Markey brought a guest from Raynham to the 2015 State of the Union. It was his first and last achievement for the town.
- Ed Markey has delivered two appearances for the people of Randolph –– both in the last six months.
- Ed Markey also “led the push” for a national manufacturing institute in Cambridge (which we were surprised to hear since it was Joe Kennedy’s legislation that created said manufacturing institute and Joe Kennedy who led the effort to place it at MIT).
- Ed Markey also “led” legislation to reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land (which was also surprising to us, since it was Joe Kennedy who passed legislation to protect the Mashpee’s land rights in the House while Ed Markey has not yet even introduced the Senate bill this term).
- Strangely the towns/cities of Stoughton, Blackstone, Dana, Dudley, Enfield, and Prescott do not exist in Markey’s Massachusetts.
- Over 80 cities and towns either have no accomplishments and visits listed or just list e-rate funding, including Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Danvers, Dracut, Lynnfield, Medfield, Northborough, and Pelham. (Note from a real map of Massachusetts: It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from Malden to Lynnfield.)
- According to his own map, Senator Markey attended or hosted only nine events west of Worcester between 2013 and September 2019, and only two events on the Cape between that same time period.
- Unsurprisingly, the bulk of his travels in Massachusetts occur only during election season.
Massachusetts deserves better. Massachusetts deserves more. Massachusetts deserves a Senator who shows up.
— Team Kennedy