The newly elected Senator can take a paycheck from the taxpayer but doesn’t think it right to vote in the influential committee he was appointed to.
Following this, Twitter exploded with fury. From bloggers and pundits to future and possible opponents to angry supporters, everyone seemed to have beef with the junior Massachusetts Senator.
Steve Kornacki, a political writer at Salon. “So Ed Markey spent 37 years waiting to get to the Senate so he could confront a major issue and vote … present,” Kornacki tweeted.
One of the first major votes of Democrat Ed Markey’s Senate career has Twitter all excited — and not in a good way.
The Massachusetts lawmaker, sworn in to office in July after winning a special election, voted “present” on a resolution giving President Obama limited authority to use military force against Syria. Markey, a liberal who often votes with Obama, didn’t vote “yes” as 10 of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues did.
He also didn’t vote “no” with seven others, including two Democrats. The “present” vote means Markey was there, but didn’t want to state which side he’s on. It also makes it hard — at this point — to portray Markey as opposing Obama or siding with Republican hawks.
Boston Magazine summed up the reaction with this headline: “Ed Markey Annoys Literally Everyone by Voting ‘Present’ on Syrian Resolution.”
“Profile in courage,” reads part of the tweet from Brad Dayspring, communications director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Republican Gabriel Gomez, who was defeated by Markey, called his Senate rival’s committee vote “embarrassing.”