, Newburyport, MA


June 28, 2013

Reflections on the Senate election


The seat to be won would be defended at all costs by the Democrats, because of what’s in play in Washington where they hold the majority in only the Senate. With time running on for the next election, every seat is precious.

Small wonder the effect of Markey’s support from two presidents and a vice president.

That is not to suggest that Markey is not up to the task. Thirty-six years in the House of Representatives is no playground for the politically undernourished.

Partisan divisiveness eats at the sinews of our governance. Small wonder that the colored political maps of our disunited states reflect just how divided we have become.

Markey has about six months to begin to assimilate the role he has just won before he either has to resume campaigning for re-election or retires.

Gomez has the prospects for a political career at hand. He started at the top and failed this try, but not without gain.

His personal history is impressive because he learned by doing and succeeded over and again. Having traversed a senatorial testing and failing, he will be much the wiser for what might be.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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