Mass. Senate nominees gear up for election push


BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Edward Markey says Massachusetts Democrats won't be caught off guard this time around.

Hours after accepting the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry, Markey, his primary opponent Rep. Stephen Lynch and other party leaders gathered for a unity meeting at a Boston hotel.

Markey, a 36-year veteran of the House, will face political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 election. Some are already comparing the race to the 2010 special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, in which another relatively unknown Republican, Scott Brown, scored an upset win.

Democrats say they will work hard to avoid a repeat.

Gomez said after greeting commuters at Broadway Station in South Boston on Tuesday there could not be a clearer contrast between himself and Markey.