A More Hopeful America Can Begin In Massachusetts
The Republican primary for the United States Senate in Massachusetts is one of the most important races in the country. Why? Two reasons:
First, Elizabeth Warren is thinking about running for president, as everyone knows, and her general election performance will have an impact on whether or not she looks strong and ready. Which Republican opponent she draws will largely determine that outcome. It is not, contrary to popular opinion, a foregone conclusion that she wins. She is vulnerable in Massachusetts to the right candidate.
Second, the battle for the soul of the Republican Party, indeed for the soul of American politics — for problem solving and civility versus political extremism and disrespect, is in full tilt. The candidates in the Massachusetts Republican primary for United States Senate offer very distinct visions for the future of our nation.
A lot of voters in Massachusetts are feeling very frustrated. They think their choice will be between a Trump-loving Republican (Geoff Diehl) and the bomb-throwing liberal Elizabeth Warren. If you care about civility, moderation and restoring hope to our nation, you might feel this way too.
But voters need not feel this way. John Kingston stands alone as a candidate who has dedicated his life to passionately fighting for good in the world and more specifically, for upholding and shaping the critical institutions and civic values so many in Massachusetts hold dear.
I met John in our now infamous quest to recruit an independent candidate for president in 2016. What most people don’t know, and the story that hasn’t been told, is that neither John nor I were motivated primarily by being against Donald Trump but instead by a deeper concern, apart from either candidate, that we were not being given the best our nation had to offer and that the toxic discourse unfolding was dangerous for our future.
It’s strange for me to even hear people call John and I “Never Trumpers.” It’s not what motivates people like us. Instead, we’re motivated by being for something. Most urgently, I’m deeply concerned that people are losing hope — not just in politics but in the greatness of our nation. It’s why I’ve helped launch A Hopeful America, a super PAC to both independently support John’s candidacy and to support the growing movement of new, visionary people who want something different for our nation.
Independents and Republicans alike should rally behind John in the Republican primary. Remember, unenrolled voters of Massachusetts, you can vote in the Republican primary. A vote for John Kingston is a signal that you reject the partisan extremes and the divisive rhetoric. It’s a signal that you believe there can indeed be a more hopeful future for our nation; a future that sees people coming back together, working for solutions to our biggest challenges and remembering our common bonds that make this nation truly great.
I can assure you of this: Elizabeth Warren, Beth Lindstrom and Geoff Deihl have no incentive, politically or financially, in seeing the people of Massachusetts come together. They are concerned only with winning, at all costs. In the Republican primary, that means appealing to a narrow base of voters and trying to convince you they’re the most pure.
If you’re a tried and true Republican, rest assured, you can and should support John Kingston. His principles, values and commitment to our nation are impeccable. Anyone who says he’s not “pure” enough isn’t listening to what he really believes.
But beyond that, John’s vision also appeals to independents and even democrats. I would urge independents looking for a new way in politics to support John in the Republican primary. He’s the only candidate who can beat Elizabeth Warren in the general election. He’s the only candidate in the race with a big vision for how a US Senator can really work to solve our toughest problems. He’s also the only candidate in this race who has the means, ability and heart to bring people together for the greater good instead of dividing them to get a political victory.
If you’ve followed me at all, you know I have a well-known concern over partisan politics and with the Republican party specifically. I wrestled with even bringing this support for John public because I didn’t want to hurt him. But I have come to believe that what people want is the truth. And this is the truth. I’m supporting John, period. And A Hopeful America will do whatever we can to help him be successful within the bounds of the law.
I have dedicated most of my life these days to supporting an entirely new way in our politics. John Kingston represents exactly the kind of leader and vision I believe we need. It’s a vision for a more hopeful America. I hope you’ll join us.