THE FUNDAMENTAL issue in the Senate Democratic primary is almost universally ignored: which candidate is most likely to do the job if elected.
According to the Library of Congress website, Stephen Lynch sponsored 17 bills in the 111th Congress, while Edward Markey introduced 46. In the 112th, Lynch sponsored 6 bills, but Markey sponsored 84. In the current Congress, the pattern continues — Lynch proposing 7 bills, Markey 17.
All members of Congress have similar basic workloads. But Markey is putting more into the job and generating more ideas than Lynch.
Whatever ideas the candidates espouse, they won’t go forward unless the would-be senator does the legwork to make them happen.