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Opinion

June 21, 2013

Our view: Gomez for U.S. Senate

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After leaving the Navy in 1996, Gomez earned an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and went on to earn millions as a private equity investor, money that helped fuel his entry into politics.

But it’s not just his biography that Massachusetts voters should find appealing. As a candidate, Gomez has demonstrated the kind of independence and focus on issues like the state of the nation’s finances and economy that Americans say they want in their representatives in Congress.

Though his opponent tries to paint him as one, Gomez is far from being a Republican idealogue.

He parts ways with many in the conservative wing of his party on social issues.

He supports gay marriage — “I oppose discrimination of any kind,” he says. He favors expanded background checks for firearms purchases. And he says it’s time for bipartisan immigration reform, but starting with secured borders.

But Gomez is a true fiscal conservative.

Washington has a spending problem, he says, not a revenue problem. The federal government is a “bloated organization” that has run us into a $16 trillion debt while hobbling job creation with burdensome regulations and taxes.

In reality, Gomez is a throwback to such old-line Massachusetts moderates as former governors Bill Weld and the late Paul Cellucci.

And like those Republicans, Gomez can win even in deep blue Massachusetts.

Polls show him within striking distance of frontrunner Markey. And the nasty and dishonest attacks hurled Gomez’ way in the final weeks of the campaign betray a sense of panic that also shows the race is tighter than some had expected.

All Gomez needs to win is for all those who are dissatisfied with Washington’s politics as usual to turn out to vote on Tuesday.

We believe Gabriel Gomez will bring fresh ideas and attitudes to Washington, a place badly in need of both, and we are pleased to endorse him for U.S. Senate.

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