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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

A low point for Gabriel Gomez

Republican Gabriel Gomez is a political newcomer who has yet to master talking points or sound bites. So it’s possible the Republican candidate for US Senate didn’t plan to describe his Democratic rival as “pond scum.”

Maybe Gomez, a Cohasset resident, was thinking about a recent report in Wicked Local Cohasset about a plague of algae blooms in the town common pond. Whatever the inspiration, Gomez not only stuck with the insult, he expanded upon it. If he really wanted to go negative, he said in subsequent interviews, he would refer to Ed Markey as “Congressman.”

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