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June 22, 2013

Can Gomez beat Markey?

Big Freddy was chuckling when I joined him for our weekly get-together.

“You’ve found something in our otherwise troubled world to laugh about,” I said as I pushed the table to squeeze into my side of the booth.

“Gomez,” Freddy said between chuckles.

“Take a deep breath, and settle down,” I said, “but Gomez what?

“Gomez saying voters should try him for what’s left of Kerry’s year and a half in the Senate, and if they don’t like what he’s done, then, fair enough, he’s out of there and they can turn to Markey for the full term run in the next go-round,” Freddy said.

“Not exactly a winning strategy,” I said.

“Not close, but original,” Freddy said. “Everything about him is. Self-made guy, comes out of the blue, but bright as they come.

“He doesn’t just climb ladders — he runs up them — military, civilian, education, investment adviser, whatever, he comes up smelling roses.

“So, out of the blue, as a more or less independent Republican, he takes on the GOP wannabes in the primaries and sends them packing.”

“Which said more about them than it did about him,” I said.

“Republicans are at any port in a storm,” Freddy said, “have been for a long time in Massachusetts when it comes to just about every political seat in Washington. That’s what made Scott Brown’s win so important.”

“But he couldn’t hold it,” I said.

“For three reasons,” Freddy said. “One, money, it was the most expensive Senate race in history. Seventy five million and he was on the short end. Number two, in 2010 he was running against Martha Coakley who may be a great attorney general, but was no great campaigner. Number three, trying to hold onto a Senate seat as an independent is a slippery slope because with either party it’s either their way or the highway. There are few states where you can pull that off, but Massachusetts isn’t one of them.

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