After posting his travel records, Senator Ed Markey defends the time he spends at his Chevy Chase, Maryland home. It is a response to an attack by his main challenger, US Representative Joe Kennedy, who accuses the veteran lawmaker of “absent leadership.” In Sunday night’s debate with Kennedy, Markey vowed to make his travel records available. Now he’s done it, posting them on WBUR and other media. They show that from January 2017 to last spring – a period of three and a half years – Markey spent less than 40% of his days in Massachusetts. The rest of the time he worked in Washington and stayed in his Maryland home, or traveled. At a campaign event in Medford on Monday, Markey defended spending so much time out of state. “I think at the end of the day the question will be: did I hold on? Markey told a group of enthusiastic supporters. “Did I stand up and fight for these communities? And I have done it over and over again. Local officials at the Medford event gave Markey, among other things, credit for securing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending for the MBTA Green Line extension. fuel Kennedy’s attacks. According to a Boston Globe analysis, records show that Markey spent fewer nights in Massachusetts than any other member of the state’s congressional delegation – including Senator Elizabeth Warren last year, as she presented to the presidency. that Markey is so far from the state. “We need elected officials who are actually listening to the concerns of our entire Commonwealth and who stand up for those voices, because if things were going as well as the people of Washington thought, we would not be.” don’t be here, “Kennedy said, raising an accusation Markey faced in the previous election.” You have to be here to hear [those concerns]But Markey says he’s present, because he’s from here, a point he tries to bring home in his latest campaign ad: “This is where I live,” Markey says in the announces as he walks onto the streets of Malden field, with his sleeves rolled up, wearing his white Nikes. “My father was a milkman. I drove an ice cream truck to pay for college. The lessons I learned here still motivate me today. Don’t be afraid of tough fights. These tough fights, according to Markey, include sponsorship from Medicare For All and the Green New Deal. The announcement clarifies where Markey is coming from and how she informs his progressive policies. It also shows how different his blue collar background is from Kennedy’s world of privilege. But in a campaign between two people who agree on most of the major issues, Kennedy hopes to convince voters that spending so much time away from Massachusetts, a milkman’s son has become a creature of Washington.
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