Lowell Mayor Patrick Murphy endorsed Elizabeth Warren for the US Senate at a recent visit by both to Art Ramalho’s West End Gym. Because it’s an actual gym where boxers train (as did the Mayor and his brother, Dan, in their younger days), the background noise makes it difficult to hear parts of the Mayor’s comments in the video. I’ve listened a few times and transcribed it as best I can. Here’s what Mayor Murphy had to say:
The point of bipartisanship and independence, because I myself became an independent . . . and this notion that you can just pick, you know, a few Democrat ideas . . . the talking point is, I don’t care if it’s a Democratic idea or a Republican idea just that it’s a good idea. That you can just pick a few of each and that makes you somehow independent is ridiculous. Massachusetts has always deserved a Senator who comes up with their own ideas; who doesn’t wait for whether the Republican Party or the Democratic Party comes with their idea to them so they can then vote up or down on it, but we’ve come with Senators that actually have their own ideas.
I think that’s the big distinction between Ms. Warren and Mr. Brown. When you look at a commercial with Mr. Brown driving a truck and saying absolutely nothing throughout the entire commercial, you wonder what he’s been doing for the last two and a half years. The main question that comes to you is where is he going? Where does he want to go? And how does he want to get there?
It’s very clear from the campaign that Ms. Warren’s been running, that she has an idea of where she wants to go and she has a very clear idea of how we’re going to get there. And for whose benefit.