What do we already know about Gabriel Gomez?
We already know that in 2008 Gabriel Gomez supported Barack Obama instead of John McCain or any other Republican in the field. We know he donated $230 to Obama and never donated to McCain or any Republican.
We already know that in 2010 Gabriel Gomez supported Alan Khazei instead of Scott Brown. We already know he donated $1,000 to Khazei and never donated to Scott Brown. We already know this was the largest donation he has ever made to any candidate at the time.
We already know that in 2013 Gabriel Gomez first tried to become a United States Senator by going through the Massachusetts Democratic Party and not through the Republican Party. We already know he wrote to His Excellency Deval L. Patrick asking to be appointed. We already know that in this letter he wrote that he supported Barack Obama in 2008 and that his appointment would be good for the Democrats. He further wrote that he would support Barack Obama on hey issues including immigration and gun control.
We already know that even though Gabriel Gomez is independently wealthy, he has never donated to a single Republican legislative candidate in history, either here in Massachusetts or Nationally. All of this information can be independently verified by OCPF and FEC.
We already know that when he first announced his candidacy the most common question people asked about him was “Who is Gabriel Gomez?” Since then, the information that has come out has not been good.
It is all too obvious that Gabriel Gomez is running as a Republican out of political convenience. My question is simple: Even if he were to somehow win, how long do you think being a Republican in Massachusetts will stay convenient for him?
As Republicans, we have been down this road before. We have drunk the Kool-Aid. We have seen the results. We should learn the lessons of history and not make the same mistake on Tuesday that we have made in the past.
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You probably already know many other names that belong on this list. I’ll mention two.
1) Arlen Specter
In 1965, Specter ran for Philadelphia district attorney against his former boss, incumbent James C. Crumlish, Jr. The city’s Democratic leaders did not want Specter as their candidate, so he switched parties and ran as a Republican, prompting Crumlish to call him “Benedict Arlen”. Specter defeated Crumlish by 36,000 votes. Although a supporter of capital punishment, as prosecutor he questioned the fairness of the Pennsylvania death penalty statute in 1972.
Specter was never truly with us on beliefs, but being Republican was convenient for him. The establishment kept clearing the field and backing him, so he kept the letter (R) temporarily next to him name. That is, until that letter (R) was no longer convenient and Specter left us. He became the 60th vote for the Democrats and now we have Obamacare.
2) Michael Bloomberg
The New York City mayoral election of 2001 occurred on November 6, 2001. Incumbent Republican mayor Rudy Giuliani could not run again due to term limits. As Democrats outnumber Republicans by 5 to 1 in the city, it was widely believed that a Democrat would succeed him in City Hall. However, businessman Michael Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat, changed his party affiliation a few months before the election in order to avoid a crowded primary, and ran as a Republican.
In 2007, Bloomberg left the Republican Party as having the letter (R) next to him name was no longer convenient to him in New York city. During his tenure as mayor he is perhaps best know for his nanny state initiatives including a ban on large sodas and eliminating term limits for himself.
A small aside on Bloomberg: Big government liberals with the letter (R) next to their name are not libertarians. They’re just big government liberals.
Do not repeat the same mistakes of the past. Do not drink the Kool-Aid. Vote for the most conservative and most electable candidate in the field: Michael Sullivan.