Kingston Slams Warren for Inaction on Possible Amazon HQ in Boston
For Immediate Release:
Businessman and philanthropist John Kingston, currently exploring a 2018 challenge to Sen. Elizabeth Warren,
criticized Warren Friday for her relative silence and lack of action to help Boston win the
competition for Amazon’s next major headquarters.
“Sen. Warren has been noticeably absent with real jobs on the line that would mean more
opportunity for hardworking Massachusetts families,” Kingston said.
“I admire Gov. Charlie Baker – a Republican – and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – a Democrat – for working
together in the best interest of Boston and our state,” Kingston continued, “If I represented our state in
Congress, I would be calling the governor’s office, city hall and Amazon every single day, working to bring
these jobs to Massachusetts.”
“Sen. Warren never has trouble finding the news cameras when she wants to grandstand or score a
quick political point,” Kingston said, “so it’s all the more inexcusable she has been absent from Boston’s
pitch for these 50,000 well-paying jobs.”
Kingston said past rhetoric from Warren vilifying companies like Amazon could even prove to be a
deterrent for businesses looking to bring jobs to the Bay State.
In June 2016 Warren claimed companies like Amazon “snuff out the competition,” and compared companies
like Amazon to the so-called “too big to fail” investment banks on Wall Street, according to Time Magazine.
“Warren’s inflammatory rhetoric not only contributes to the crisis of unity in our country,” Kingston said, “But in
many ways could prove a real deterrent to companies who might otherwise bring jobs to Massachusetts.”
“A business with the option to go elsewhere is not likely to relish the idea of moving jobs and major operations
into a state where the sitting U.S. senator attacks them in the halls of Congress,” Kingston said.
“Massachusetts deserves a senator who will put what’s best for hardworking families above their own political
gain rather than more of the divisive rhetoric and absent results from Sen. Warren,” Kingston said.
An analysis released Wednesday by the Anderson Economic Group found Boston in the top four cities most
likely to win the Amazon headquarters.