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April 27, 2013

Winslow the best kind of 'professional' politician

I just got an email from former governor Bill Weld, endorsing Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senate.

“As a son of immigrants, a Navy SEAL and a successful businessman, Gabriel has a unique set of experiences and skills that will bring an outsider’s perspective to Washington D.C. ...

“We need a fiscal conservative who is talking about solutions for getting our economy back on track and moving the country forward. This primary has three excellent candidates, but Gabriel’s common-sense ideas and remarkable leadership make him the obvious choice for those that believe deeply in the need for a big-tent Republican Party ...”

Hi, Bill, how are ya? Nice endorsement, now if only I could get the image out of my head of you standing under a “Republicans for Obama” banner in New Hampshire, endorsing Barack in 2008. Although you were a fine governor, forgive me for not trusting your judgment about national race candidates.

I’ve endorsed Dan Winslow for some of the same reasons: fiscal conservative, believes deeply in the need for a big-tent Republican Party. I admire Mr. Gomez’s résumé and will support him if he wins the primary, but I wish I’d had a chance to get to know him before being asked to vote for him for the vital position of United States senator in this critical election. When you mention his “solutions for getting the economy back on track,” I don’t know what they are: I’ve only heard his campaign mantra: “Term limits, balanced budget amendment, line-item veto.” I support these, too, but since they require constitutional amendments, they aren’t going to get the economy back on track until long after I’m dead, so I need more timely solutions.

He calls himself “an outsider,” perhaps to the point of having little idea of how the “inside” works?

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