To the Editor:
In the U.S. Senate debate last week there was a stark contrast between Senator Ed Markey’s long history of “yes” and accomplishment in the U. S. House of Representatives and a surprisingly negative campaign by challenger Gabriel Gomez.
Nowhere was this more apparent than when Mr. Gomez accused Mr. Markey of writing no new legislation. How could he be so misinformed — or had he been told by his campaign consultants that we voters don’t know any better? This accusation from Mr. Gomez gave Mr. Markey the opportunity to list one piece of important legislation after another that he led. He then pointed out that, in order to pass such legislation in the House, a person must work effectively with both sides of the aisle. Mr. Gomez’s amazing response was basically to repeat the accusation. It did not work a second time and gave Mr. Markey the opening to continue going down his list of accomplishments.
It appears that Mr. Markey is part of the solution, while Mr. Gomez is part of the problem. Mr. Markey has demonstrated skills that will make the Senate more functional, while Gomez displays a “no” attitude that would merely buttress the stalemate in the Senate.
We will be voting on June 25 on the person we want to represent us in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Markey is what the Senate needs. It is time for Republicans to cross party lines and vote for an outstanding Democrat who has performed well for us all. It is time for Democrats and Independents to make certain that a very special legislator and leader becomes our next senator.