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May 25, 2013

Is there a race for Markey and Gomez?

“So,”I asked Big Freddy after we had agreed that just maybe the Bruins had a reasonable shot at going all the way, “what do you make of the Markey-Gomez Senate race?”

“Race?” Freddy asked as he waved his emptied coffee cup to the waitress for a refill. “This is no race. This is a sleepwalk between a Democrat Washington lifer in his 20th term in the House, against a sort-of Republican fresh face trying to introduce himself to the state at large by starting at the top.”

“Congressman Ed Markey against first-timer Gabriel Gomez for Kerry’s Senate seat,” I said.

“Markey’s a Washington lifer because people in his district have been satisfied with him, like, forever,” Freddy said. “Gomez has a great military background and he’s been successful as a civilian business man, but running for a Senate seat first time out of the box?”

“Well, he beat his Republican opponents in the primary,” I said.

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

“So I take it you don’t think he has a shot,” I said.

“Oh, he earned a shot, but the opposition wasn’t much,” Freddy said.

“Considering Democrats have Massachusetts almost lock, stock and barrel, and Markey has been playing Washington games in the House, like, forever, Gomez’s shot has to be straight down the middle for the fed up voters.”

“It doesn’t seem like much of a shot to me,” I said.

“But it’s a shot,” Freddy said. “In the presidential races since 1996, Massachusetts Democrat voters have beat Republicans about two to one every four years. Those were votes for president numbers. In the Senate race, Brown took Teddy’s old seat first time out of the box.”

“But he lost in the race to keep it,” I said.

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