Ed O’Reilly is calling for a change in the Massachusetts political power structure. How will O’Reilly enact that change? By running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
He looks a little bit like a Kennedy. He sounds a little bit like a Kennedy. His liberal Democrat politics are in line with those of a Kennedy.
He is, however, Ed O’Reilly, and he, O’Reilly, not a Kennedy, is calling for a change in the Massachusetts political power structure.
How will O’Reilly enact that change? By running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Against John Kerry.
Yes, the same John Kerry who has served as Massachusetts’ Junior Senator since 1985. Yes, the same John Kerry who nearly uprooted President Bush in 2004. And, yes, the same John Kerry who’s inexhaustible supplies of ketchup could fill the world’s oceans.
It’s a mammoth task, taking on the country’s wealthiest senator. But someone has to do it, and O’Reilly, of Gloucester, Mass., believes he is that someone.
“[Kerry] is not a supporter of the Massachusetts Democratic Party platform. He’s not in line with it. I am,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly is challenging Kerry because he feels that citizens of Massachusetts want change, not six more years of the same.
In fact, members of O’Reilly’s campaign team developed a flash cartoon depicting a groundhog coming out of its hole and John Kerry slipping by on a windsurf board.
The groundhog theme is meant as homage to Bill Murray’s classic film “Groundhog Day,” in which Murray’s character, reporter Phil Connors, repeatedly wakes up each morning in Punxsutawney to exactly the same thing he woke up to the previous day. It is also meant to lampoon Kerry for being caught windsurfing in 2004 during a time that the presidential campaign was particularly heated, O’Reilly said.
“People want something different,” O’Reilly said. “And that cartoon depicts how he is really all about sound bites and photo ops and is not a worker.”
O’Reilly’s messages: Get out of Iraq, provide every citizen with affordable health care, make higher education affordable and realistic for everyone, protect the environment and end our dependency as a nation on foreign energy.