While Republican Gabriel E. Gomez held nine public events this week, his Democratic rival, Edward J. Markey, held none, sparking criticism from Gomez that the veteran congressman is ignoring voters and avoiding the public eye.
“He’s been hiding,” Gomez said Friday, during a stop at Mul’s Diner in South Boston.
The last thing that Ed Markey wants to do is to have independent voters take a gander at him. Besides, Ed Markey’s currently campaigning in a state that was recently the victim of a vicious Islamist terrorist attack; it’s a little hard to reconcile being born-again on national security when you’re on the record as opposing the Patriot Act and in favor of trying terrorists on American soil, and easy as pie to just simply not do any public appearances. The polls are frankly not telling Ed Markey that he should relax just quite yet; apparently his campaign has decided to try to run out the clock. And maybe that will work; while the Suffolk poll from last week is increasingly looking like an outlier, Gabriel Gomez has yet to pass Markey in the polls.
Still. You’d think that Markey would get out more.
I find this NRSC ad to be highly entertaining and symbolic of the problems that come from tapping a safe-district (for decades) Congressman for a statewide seat:
Short version: Ed Markey wrote a metric buttload of bad checks on a Congressional bank back in 1992*. Markey got away with it at the time – the aforementioned safe district – but now, well, he’s running for Senate, and so he pretty much has to finally explain why he did such a thing in the first place. Well, we already know why – all the other Democrats were doing it – but Markey’s gotta come up with an excuse, anyway. You know. Just for the look of the thing.
It’s from back in October of 2012, when – as Legal Insurrection very helpfully notes – Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts (D) (now running against Gabriel Gomez in a special election for MA-SEN) was doing his level best to convince the world that there was absolutely no reason at all to believe that the attack in Benghazi that murdered four Americans (including our Ambassador) was due to a preplanned terrorist attack – and that any suggestion that the White House was covering things up was some sort of bizarre theory promulgated by conservatives. That’s October of 2012. Now let’s go to May of 2013: Continue reading Ed Markey: foolish on Benghazi. Foolish on the Boston Marathon bombing, too?
[Gabriel Gomez is] new to politics, so I’ll be blunt. Democrats may dislike Republicans, but they despise Republican minorities.
…Yup. And Democrats – more accurately, white, male, Anglo, liberal Democrats – get remarkably little internal pushback from that. Or perhaps it’s not so remarkable; that word sort of implies that this is somehow a new thing. Ach, well, professional progressives. As the philosopher once said: can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.
Gabriel Gomez is a former Navy SEAL and current businessman; Ed Markey is a fairly cookie-cutter Massachusetts Congresscritter who has been in Congress for as long as my wife has been alive. Markey’s probably best known for writing that ridiculous carbon tax bill Waxman-Markey that Harry Reid gulped and buried in a mineshaft; unless, of course, you score “comparingCitizens United to Dred Scott” as being higher, lower, or Just Plain Dumber on the scale of goofball ideas.
CanGabriel Gomez win? Sure. Will he win, absent Massachusetts Republican support? No. It all depends on how hungry people are for the seat. And what their priorities are. ‘Course, I’m in Maryland these days, where the problem is, if anything, more acute…