A SEAL is running for a Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the SEAL for Senate Gabriel Gomez, a Republican from Cohasset, said in a statement Tuesdąy he entered the Senate seat race because he sees “a lot of unproductive noise and bickering” in Washington. Because the Senate seat was given up by John Kerry, there will be a special election in Massachusetts on June 25.
For a Republican, Gabriel Gomez is very progressive when it comes to social issues. He supports gay marriage and immigration reform. Gomez does personally oppose abortion, but he’s previously stated he would not actively seek to change current laws.
As a SEAL runs for Senate, his opponent Democrat Ed Markey is already drawing the battle lines, saying,
“I want to be your partner in the US Senate. This election will not be easy. Karl Rove and the Republicans are ready to move mountains of money for big oil, the NRA and special interests. These outside special interests are going to start marching to Massachusetts tomorrow morning.”
Ironically, the one with the mountains of money is not the ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez. Ed Markey raised $4.7 million during the primary bring his total campaign funds up to $7.8 million. Gabriel Gomez led a successful career as an equity investor so he was able to bring $600k to the table with a total of $1.2 million.
Perhaps because of this marked difference, Gabriel Gomez rejected calls by Edward Markey to sign a pledge to limit spending by outside groups on television, radio and Internet ads:
“Congressman Markey has spent decades in Congress building a war chest of outside special interest money to defend his incumbency. It is the height of hypocrisy for him to talk about a pledge. … [I will take] one pledge and one pledge only: to protect and defend the Constitution.”
Gabriel Gomez is already positioning himself as the antidote to career politicians since Ed Markey has been in Congress for over 35 years: “When Ed Markey first got elected, I wasn’t even playing Little League baseball yet. The national debt wasn’t even a trillion dollars.” Gomez also challenged Markey to three debates.
In return, Ed Markey is criticizing the ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez for his 16 years as a businessman. Markey also finds fault in Gomez participating in the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., which produced a 22-minute video criticizing Obama for taking too much credit for the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
What do you think about this ex-Navy SEAL running for Senate?