National Fisherman

Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Stephen Lynch Thursday sided with Congressmen John Tierney and William Keating on the need for greater flexibility in the impending rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act — taking issue with the stand of Congressman Ed Markey, the other primary Democrat running for John Kerry’s former Senate seat this year.

Markey, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, testified at the opening of hearings in the rewrite of the law Wednesday that he believes it is amply flexible.

Lynch, of South Boston, also chastised Markey, dean of the delegation from Malden, for partisan rhetoric.

Lynch questioned Markey’s testimony, in which he blamed Republicans for hurting the fishing community.

“This exemplifies the problem we have in Washington right now,” Lynch said. “The left demonizes the right, the right demonizes the left, and petty politics trump action. The fishing families in Massachusetts don’t just have a problem with Republicans; they have a problem with NOAA and the New England Fishery Management Council.”

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