NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

June 21, 2013

Our view: Gomez for U.S. Senate

Americans say consistently that they are fed up with Congress and Washington.

They don’t like the vicious politics, the cronyism that rewards the politically connected at the expense of ordinary citizens, the craven refusal to tackle the issues that really matter even as the nation heads toward the fiscal brink.

Many are so fed up they no longer bother to vote.

And that will likely be the case again in next Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts to choose a successor to U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry. All the signs point to low voter turnout. Beyond the usual political alienation, it’s summer, schools are out and the Bruins have all of New England fixated on their run for a second Stanley Cup in three years.

But if you care for the direction the country is headed in, it would be a mistake to sit out this election.

Massachusetts voters have an opportunity to send a message that will be heard in the halls of Congress and around the country by choosing as their senator someone who is not part of the Washington establishment and who will challenge its partisan, dysfunctional culture.

The candidates are Democratic Congressman Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.

Markey is a career politician who has spent 37 years in Congress with little to show for it except a record of lockstep party line voting. Washington is his real home, it’s where his heart is.

“You are Washington, D.C., and you own the national debt, Sir,” Gomez told Markey at one of their three spirited debates.

But this isn’t so much about Ed Markey, as it is about Gabriel Gomez.

Gomez is a political newcomer at age 47. That’s because he hasn’t spent his entire adult life running for office.

Instead, the son of Colombian immigrants to Los Angeles chose a career in the Navy and won appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at Annapolis. He served first as an aircraft carrier pilot, then became a Navy SEAL.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans