The Senate contest between US Representative Ed Markey and businessman Gabriel Gomez, who won their parties’ nominations last night, has one obvious fault line: experience. Markey has so much — almost 37 years in Congress — that some voters seemed, fairly or not, to be yearning for a fresher option. Gomez certainly looks fresh; his only political experience was an unsuccessful, little-publicized run for Cohasset selectman a decade ago.
What propelled Gomez to victory in the Republican primary Tuesday, along with a major spending advantage, was his resume. A former Navy SEAL turned private equity millionaire, Gomez is a son-of-immigrants success story who can credibly claim to speak for a new breed of Massachusetts voter. He deserves a chance to make that case.