Longtime Democrat Congressman Ed Markey and GOP newcomer Gabriel Gomez won their respective primaries in Massachusetts this evening.
The two will face off in the Special Senate Election on June 25th to replace now Secretary of State John Kerry.
Markey bested fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch while Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, defeated former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Representative Daniel Winslow.
The Democratic Party establishment was squarely behind Markey. Frankly, I think Lynch would have been the tougher opponent. But Lynch’s opposition to Obamacare and pro-life position made him untenable. Markey is a liberal’s liberal.
But Markey has also been in Washington since 1976. He’s the ultimate Washington insider. Gomez has never held elected office and is in a position to take advantage of Markey’s status. On top of being an outsider and his military background, Gomez has also spent his career in the private sector. He’s also handsome, youthful, Hispanic and bilingual. Put all these together and you have a viable candidate.
However, there are very long odds against Gomez. The chances of Gomez becoming the second coming of Scott Brown are slim. The fact that Brown is thinking of running for office in New Hampshire tells you that even he doesn’t think there’s going to be a second coming for him in the Bay State.
Also Markey is no Martha Coakley. Unless Markey says or does something absolutely stupid, he will most likely become Massachusetts’ next Senator.