Republican Gabriel Gomez falsely claims his opponent in the Massachusetts Senate race blamed him for the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and compared him to Osama bin Laden.But that dishonest ad isn't the only fact-checking Gomez is failing on. On Monday, when Sen. John McCain stumped for him, Gomez used a line against his opponent, Rep. Ed Markey, that he's been using for a while to paint Markey as a do-nothing lifer in Congress, implying that he's been there for 20 years but hasn't passed a single bill that became law. That's bunk, says WBUR.
It’s, at best, a shaky attack,” says Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute and one of the country’s most respected congressional observers. “I’ve watched Markey since he came to the House and I’ve written many times before that he’s one of the most effective legislators” in Congress. [...]Bottom line: "Gomez’s claim that Markey hasn’t accomplished anything in the last 20 years doesn’t stand up to scrutiny." Gomez himself is increasingly not standing up to scrutiny. Although he is proving himself to be a typical Republican, and a good substitute for Scott Brown, who also had a rather loose relationship with facts.
Markey pushed several measures over the last 20 years—designed to protect children’s privacy online, promote elder home care, and screen air and maritime cargo in the wake of 9/11—that landed in larger legislative packages signed into law.
President Obama also signed Senate legislation nearly identical to several bills Markey sponsored in the House. [...]
Markey is widely acknowledged as an architect of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which opened up competition in the industry and spurred the creation of broadband networks central to the growth of the Internet.