The new senator from Massachusetts — and longtime former congressman — voted “present” in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s resolution for the use of military force.
Ed Markey annoyed some by voting ‘present’ on a resolution authorizing force against Syria. http://t.co/PHIU7Xcfip
— bostonmagazine.com (@BostonMagazine) September 4, 2013
Candidate Markey had no better friend on the campaign trail this year than President Barack Obama. At rallies, debates and television ads Markey’s message was the same: Send me to the U.S. Senate so I can help Obama enact his agenda.
The president backed up this notion, traveling to Massachusetts to stump for Markey. First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance. As did Vice President Joe Biden.
“I need Ed Markey in the United States Senate!” Obama said to a pre-election crowd. He added: “We’ve got to have some Democrats like Ed Markey who will stand up and do the right thing. That’s what we need.”
Today, as a senator, Markey had his first chance to weigh-in on a major Obama initiative — the White House’s proposal to strike Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people.
Markey was the only member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to vote present.
The resolution passed 10-7-1.
The position also puts some sunlight between Massachusetts’ new junior senator and the man he replaced — Kerry. The Massachusetts Senate seat only opened in January after Obama tapped Kerry to be his Secretary of State. Kerry, of course, has become the administration’s leading spokesman for military action.
”100 percent of success is showing up.” – Ed Markey
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 4, 2013
Markey does have time to cast a vote — that resolution must go to the full Senate.
The senator says he “will further examine the classified intelligence information and consult with experts before deciding” how to vote on the Senate floor, where he certainly will be present.