Representative Edward J. Markey was determined to stamp out the scourge of unsolicited advertisements jamming America’s newest technology: the fax machine.
“Our nation’s offices and homes have become targets for a new and costly type of litter — the ‘junk fax,’ ” he warned in 1989.
Back then, the Massachusetts Democrat’s war on spam faxes put him on the cutting edge. These days, it is the kind of quaintly historic concern that Markey’s opponent, Gabriel E. Gomez, has seized on to paint Markey, who was first elected in 1976, as a relic from a bygone era when 8-track tapes were big, disco ruled, and the first “Rocky” movie was taking over box offices.
The skewering has come to dominate Gomez’s campaign for Senate, more than any policy critique. At nearly every campaign stop, the 47-year-old Republican newcomer to the state’s political scene argues that Markey, 66, has been in office too long and is out of touch. It is an attempt to turn what should be one of Markey’s biggest assets — his more than 36 years of experience navigating the halls of Congress — into his biggest liability.
“Mr. Markey, I respect him, but he’s been down there for 37 years,” Gomez said Thursday, at an event in Quincy promoting term limits for Congress. “He’s been down there . . . not only since I was playing Little League baseball, since before Tom Brady was born.”
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