Massachusetts Primary, Sept 1: Mermell and Markey

Voting in the Mass primary for 4th cong. district to replace Joe Kennedy? Many of us want to make sure recently-Republican Auchincloss doesn’t get the nomination, but the rest of the field is divided among a half-dozen solid candidates.

Recent polling and endorsements show momentum towards Jesse Mermell. A Data for Progress poll last week, w/o leaners:

Auchincloss 12
Mermell 12
Grossman 8
Linos 8
Leckey 7
Khazei 5

Plus endorsements for Mermell from Ayanna Pressley, Maura Healey. I really like Linos, Leckey, and Khazei, too, but Auchincloss should not become a Congressman by switching parties and taking advantage of divided field with a 20% plurality.

Also: Vote Markey.

Markey is an outstanding Senator. There was no reason to challenge him except for dynastic entitlement. My thread here on Kennedy’s answers in 2018 on the war on drugs, defending the criminalization of marijuana so that police have a pretext to search cars. It’s the older candidate who is more in tune with 2020, while the younger candidate is relying on 1960s nostalgia and a dynastic name.

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

2 thoughts on “Massachusetts Primary, Sept 1: Mermell and Markey”

  1. Your list has Ihssane Leckey #7 – I just read somewhere putting her 5. She’s got the credentials and the platform that all the other ‘progressive’ candidates do (and almost all identify as such) but she is a Muslim female. I think we need more representation like hers and I’m surprised (am I?) she has been overlooked as she has. Or worse, condemned by some in the Jewish community. It makes me sad.


    1. Hi Rosalind, I agree that Leckey is terrific. One of my sons has been making phone calls for her. I am concerned that she isn’t going to be in the mix in the end to defeat Auchinclos.


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