Wicked Local North, which publishes over 30 weekly papers throughout the 6th district, just endorsed Seth Moulton as "a legitimate standard bearer for his party." Read the full endorsement below:
Seth Moulton, the Iraq war veteran. Marisa DeFranco, the immigration attorney. John Tierney, the incumbent lion.
Voters looking for sharp philosophical and political divides among the three most serious candidates for the 6th Congressional District Democratic nomination will be disappointed.
They essentially agree on the main direction the Democratic Party should take. Immigration, gun safety and a woman’s right to choose. Working with small businesses to allow them to compete and create jobs. Post-secondary education, be it college or a technical program, retraining the workforce for the well-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs that are out there, working to keep, tweak and improve the national health insurance system. Sending our troops to war.
These are major issues facing the district and there isn’t much difference among the three candidates.
DeFranco has distinguished herself with her proposal to combine border security with giving immigrants in this country illegally a path to legal status, but not to citizenship. If they wish to become citizens, they’ll have to get in line with everyone else.
Tierney’s long commitment to education and job-training programs, and, now, trying to bring runaway student-loan debt under control, following Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s lead, are all issues we support.
But Moulton’s service as a Marine in Iraq gives him cache neither DeFranco nor Tierney possesses. This cache goes beyond simply getting shot at and putting his life on the line for his country. Many men and women have done and continue to make that sacrifice, and it doesn’t qualify them for Congress. Many men and women have not served in the military and are eminently qualified for Congress, including Tierney and DeFranco.
It’s how Moulton plans to use that experience that earns our endorsement in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary election.
Moulton remains committed to the core Democratic principles that make him a legitimate standard bearer for his party. "I will never compromise my core Democratic principles," said Moulton in an answer to one of our candidate questionnaires.
At the same time, like Tierney and DeFranco, Moulton pledges to reach across the aisle to pass legislation like new gun-safety laws and immigration reform. Unlike Tierney and DeFranco, Moulton has the resume to make some of those across the aisle sit up and take notice. It’s much more difficult to ignore a Massachusetts congressman with extensive military experience taking on, say, gun safety than if he were just another "liberal." Certainly, those who do ignore him on such issues do so at their own risk, forcing opponents on the defensive — at least to start the debate.
It’s impossible to ignore recent events throughout the Middle East and their effect on this election.
Both Republicans and Democrats are pushing for an increased U.S. military role in Iraq and in Syria against the extreme Muslim group ISIS.
So far, President Obama has been steadfast in keeping U.S. ground forces out of the battle — much to the chagrin of Republicans like Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Obama has shown he will use military force, when he feels the action has a specific goal and a definable outcome. The recent airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq are a prime example.
Moulton would be a powerful voice backing Obama’s prudence — opponents would call it, at best, an overly cautious approach to foreign policy — and he might even be an even more reluctant voice for war than the president.
"We should only commit troops unilaterally when a clear and present danger exists to the national security of the United States," Moulton said in another answer to one of our candidate questions. "In the instance of Iraq, I disagreed with President Obama’s decision to send a significant number of military advisors."
Again, coming from a congressman who has been there and back, such words of caution would have a better chance of gaining traction than if they came from either Tierney or DeFranco.
Overall, Moulton has had to work with men and women of all political stripes and economic backgrounds in order to accomplish an objective. That experience will weigh in debate over war and strategy. It will also carry over to other issues.
"I know how to talk to them," Moulton said in an editor’s panel discussion, referring to those on the other side of issues important to him.
That’s a contrast to the sitting congressman, who’s had little luck in stemming the gridlock and who, despite the House Ethics Committee’s decision that no investigation was warranted, remains tainted by allegations surrounding his brother-in-law’s illegal offshore gambling operation.
For this reason, of all the candidates Moulton has the best chance to open communication with reluctant and recalcitrant Congressional Republicans and advance solutions to the issues that face the country.