Herald endorses Kevin O’Connor for U.S. Senate

While 2020 will go down as the year of the coronavirus pandemic, it is also noteworthy for the rise of the progressive agenda.

Those who value safe communities and respect for law-abiding citizens have seen the political stage ceded to those who place the rights of criminals above victims and see taxpayers as ATMs for big government programs that fail to produce results.

And then there is Kevin O’Connor.

The Dover attorney vying for Sen. Ed Markey’s Senate seat is an underdog by sheer dint of being a Republican in Massachusetts.

He is also an outsider on the political scene — without a passel of celebrities or high-profile national lawmakers in his corner.

O’Connor’s agenda seems radical when compared to the progressive doctrine gaining popularity — in different times it would be labeled as “common sense.”

He’s for strong borders, for one.

“We’re a nation of laws, and it’s government’s responsibility to enforce those laws,” he notes on his campaign website.

Views like that don’t grab air time — but they do speak to a mature vision of how society can best work.

It works when its citizens and businesses are protected, as O’Connor puts it, “Defunding the police is a bad idea.”

O’Connor gets that climate change is real and must be dealt with — but the Green New Deal is not the way to go.

And while others espouse Medicare for All, O’Connor points out the elephant in the room: Socialized medicine increases costs and reduces the quality of care.

Massachusetts needs a voice of common sense in the Senate, someone who will fight for the men and women who work hard, pay their taxes and deserve safe communities and a better future.

For the Massachusetts Republican primary for U.S. Senate, the Boston Herald endorses Kevin O’Connor.

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