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By Rick Holmes
June 6, 2013 12:15 a.m.



The strangest thing Gabriel Gomez said in the first Senate debate – not counting his unfortunate call for the U.S. to “united ourselves with the right terrorist group” in Syria – was when he accused Ed Markey of not having authored a bill signed into law in the last 20 years.

Gomez might have thought it gutsy to go after Markey’s strongest suit, but all the charge did was give Markey an invitation to list all the laws he has written.  Markey listed as many as he could fit in before moderator Jon Keller cut him off, but there are plenty more the fact-checkers and the Markey campaign will be circulating in the next few hours. Markey didn’t even mention the V-chip, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, or the more recent change Markey authored expanding Daylight Savings Time.

Another missed opportunity for Markey: Just today, the TSA announced it was canceling its plan to allow small knives on planes.  Markey was a leader of the effort to get that policy reversed.

I thought both candidates exceeded my low expectations. Both scored points on style if not substance.  Maybe this debate will inject some excitement about the race into voters.  But I doubt it.

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