Updated: Jul 27
Last June, we endorsed U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1) for re-election. Neal has served his constituents well for years and now serves as the House's powerful Ways and Means chair. His commitment to working families and progressive values is well documented. Now his added clout provides his constituents with added value.
That he is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Holyoke mayor Alex Morse is a head-scratcher
It appears Morse has had his entire platform written by Justice Democrats and self-described ant-corporate Dems. Generally speaking, we are supportive of the platform and ideals of these groups; however, we find their targeting of Neal to be a misguided waste of money that is not in the best interests of Massachusetts residents who live and work in Neal's district.
It is unfortunate that their money was not spent targeting candidates and office holders who truly support Trump's agenda and have been waging a war on working families. Neal has always been a hard-working representative for his congressional district. He deserves to be re-elected.
Holyoke's mayor, Alex Morse, seems eager to attack Neal and to promote an agenda that his own record undercuts. Mr. Morse would have better served his city's residents by focusing his energies on the many, many challenges Holyoke still faces, despite his multiple terms as its mayor.
We remain dedicated to seeing Mr. Neal be re-elected in Massachusetts' First Congressional District.