There are a lot of reasons that I hope that Sen. Beverly Marrero will consider a run for the U.S. Senate. As a middle-aged woman myself who works in politics, I always find her to be inspirational because of her fearlessness and I consider her to be a role model.
Anyone who is going to run against Sen. Bob Corker needs to have a strong voice. I believe that Sen. Marrero is that person. Of course this is just my opinion and I have not spoken with Beverly, but I think she would be a hell of a candidate.
- She is a progressive and she is not afraid to stand alone on the things she believes in. And she’s not frightened of asking the hard questions even if it is to her own colleagues.
- She is a true voice for women’s issues regarding safety and combating domestic violence as well as an activist for children.
- She is a strong advocate for civil rights. Go and see the bills that she has filed in the last couple of years. Her record of fighting human trafficking is exceptional.
- Last summer, she traveled with her colleagues around the state talking to small business owners about the state’s job crisis.
- She knows the issues that come from being a single parent. She is also a champion for LGBT issues.
- Marrero epitomizes what it is to be a savvy, smart woman and even started her own business in real estate consulting. She has worked within and outside the confines of a government giving her an edge on knowing the public, and private, sectors. She has a keen understanding of the loss of the middle class in this state as well and I think she would fight for the voices of people in this state who feel invisible.
- She has really worked on greenways and parks in Memphis but her environmental voice goes statewide. Last year when the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Bill was in committee, I watched her annihilate some of the members against the bill single-handedly over the multiple reasons why this state should not blow the tops of mountains.
- She reminds me a little bit of Bella Abzug with Betty White thrown in for good measure with the spark of Ann Richards. Bella Abzug helped change politics and, let’s get real, who doesn’t love Betty White.
- She doesn’t engage in GOP Word Soup.
I was talking to a friend of mine about how Tennessee is constantly berated and belittled in mainstream media and many times deservedly so for so much wrong-headed legislation that is filed in Nashville. This is where I can see Beverly breaking down those walls. I can see her sitting and chatting easily on Rachel Maddow or FOX in one of her famous hats talking about real issues that reflect real Tennesseans in an elegant way. And she is a friend of progressive grassroots movements.
I’m sort of tired of the prevailing attitude in Tennessee that politicians have to either “wait their turn” or “it’s mine, mine, mine.”
I think that Beverly could change some of these things.
I don’t know if she would consider running or not, but I would love to see her do it because of those reasons I mentioned above. She could combat sexism, ageism and a few other isms out there that have ruled Tennessee politics for a long time. She reminds me of Elizabeth Warren.
We need strong women representing us in Washington breaking stereotypes. I think Sen. Marrero could be that person.
(A Facebook page has been created called Draft Beverly for U.S. Senate. Please join today.)