So far, the Massachusetts senatorial campaign has been a snippy affair, the two candidates — longtime congressman Ed Markey and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez — taking potshots at each other on any manner of personal topics. And thus the opening question, from Globe political editor Cynthia Needham, was about each other’s character. Gomez, up first, turned to Markey, smiled, and said, “After 37 years in D.C., welcome back to Boston.”
To his credit, Markey held his tongue. And from there the debate suddenly veered serious, delving into the tough topics of the day: gun control, national health care, middle-class struggles, war-making, Washington scandals, immigration reform, and abortion.