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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Attacks on 37-year tenure put Markey on defensive

This will probably be remembered as the John McCain debate: the one where Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez had an extended argument, like two fourth-graders on the playground, over whether Gomez had told McCain that he’s been in the Senate too long. I believe the words “Yes, I did” and “No, you did not” were actually uttered.

But the exchange underscored a larger truth about this race: Gomez’s relentlessly repeated line about Markey’s “37 years in Washington” and those TV ads with “37” in giant boldface type have beaten Markey down, preventing him from making his best case for himself.

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