In Tuesday’s contest for the U.S. Senate, the Transcriptendorses the Democrat, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, over his Republican challenger, Gabriel Gomez.
Given the generally abysmal approval ratings of Congress these days, an argument could easily be made against supporting a politician who’s been in Washington for decades, but we feel Mr. Markey’s experience will benefit the residents of our state in the Senate.
As Vice President Joe Biden said in a campaign appearance for Mr. Markey over the weekend: "This is going to be the most informed freshman senator in the history of the U.S.government."
Further, when given the choice on the matter in this economic climate, we have little appetite for endorsing Mr. Gomez, a candidate who counts among his key experience points his time as a principal
with Boston-based Advent International, a global private equity firm.
To us, endorsing a candidate who comes to us from the realm of private equity sounds tone deaf while people still struggle with recovering from this decade’s economic collapse.
While we are no strangers to endorsing the political underdog - which Mr. Gomez certainly is as a newcomer - we don’t feel that he offers a message that is transformational enough for us to make that bold wager.
Also of key importance here is who the winner will be working with in representing Massachusetts’ citizens when elected to the Senate. We feel a complement to Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be more advantageous to the residents of the state than one whose political background is in opposition to that of our state’s other senator.
Regardless of who you will vote for Tuesday, just be sure to cast your ballot and encourage those around you to do the same. There has not exactly been a frenzy of attention given to this election, but it is a contest of great importance. After all, John Kerry just vacated this seat for the sake of his rise to the post of secretary of state.