Republican Gabriel Gomez slammed Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), his opponent in the Massachusetts Senate special election race, for not holding any public events this week.
“He’s been hiding,” Gomez said, according to The Boston Globe.
Aides for Markey defended his lack of appearances. They said congressional duties and private meetings with various groups consumed his time.
The Globe noted that the low profile compared with Gomez’s nine events last week evoked memories of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s (D) failed 2010 Senate campaign against former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
“With the memory of the Scott Brown special election still pretty alive, if I were Ed Markey, I’d be on the trail. I’d be out there. I’m not sure it’s disastrous that he stayed under the radar this week, but it’s surprising. There’s always some chance that Gomez could catch fire,” Marc Landy, a Boston College political scientist, told The Globe.
In deeply Democratic Massachusetts, Gomez already faces an uphill battle. Markey already has support from a broad array of interests, including unions and environmental groups.
But the looming history of Coakley’s botched effort, in which she scaled back public appearances in the heat of the race, has kept Democratic operatives on their toes.
Giselle Barry, a spokeswoman for Markey, rejected the comparison to Coakley.
“Ed Markey is busy serving his constituents as a congressman, while also hitting the campaign trail hard,” she told The Globe.