“He’s a Malden guy,” said David D’Arcangelo, a Republican city councilor. “This is his base of support. I’d be surprised if there’s anybody who’s going to bad-mouth him here.”
He may be a Malden guy, but over the years, he’s also been a Beltway name, particularly in the 1990s, when he and his wife were regulars on the Washington party circuit. Washingtonian magazine once called him and his wife “a very desirable twofer” on the social scene and put them on a separate list of couples who are “always in demand.” The Washington Times labeled them “the very social Rep. Ed Markey and Susan Blumenthal.”
Markey’s name has shown up less in those pages in recent years. And Markey’s neighbors in Rolling Hills—professionals in sprawling homes set high above the street — say he is not one to throw parties at the house there. If anything, he’s cutting the grass or working on the yard.
Martin T. Meehan, the former US representative who is now chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, said a lawmaker’s time in the district is not the best measure of his value. Markey, he said, has been a key lawmaker, heading subcommittees and crafting legislation.
“If you’re actually writing laws rather than voting on laws, you need to be in Washington,” Meehan said. “It can’t be done just Tuesday to Thursday.”
Marcia Dick of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Bierman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.