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June 22, 2013

Can Gomez beat Markey?

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“Scott Brown did, but it wasn’t made to last — which is why he’s been looking for other options.”

“So Gomez has no chance,” I said.

“You really need an answer for that?” Freddy said. “He’s as green as to politics as green can get, and he’s not only been outspent something like three to one, he has two presidents, Obama and Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden campaigning for Markey.”

“That says more about Markey’s weaknesses than anything Gomez has come up with,” I said.

“Weaknesses is the wrong word,” Freddy said. “From all accounts, Markey has represented his district well enough to make a lifetime job of it. Reps don’t usually make national news. They do whatever they have to do for their districts.

“On the big issues, they either go along with the party’s positions or get special dispensation from the leadership to take a walk if what’s going down could be a problem back home, but mostly it’s ‘go along to get along’ as a party faithful.

“The way things are down in Washington, both parties need every vote they can get. No way they want the loss of any seat, let alone one in Massachusetts.”

“So you’re calling it for Markey,” I said.

“Let me put it this way,” Freddy said. “If this was a horse race, I’d say Markey has six lengths on Gomez with 15 lengths to go. Barring coming up lame, he should make it.”

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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