Today the Gomez campaign releasd the following:
ICYMI: SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN/MASSLIVE: Gomez to stress independence from Republican Party in Monday remarks
Shira Schoenberg, The Republican
June 03, 2013
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez plans to stress his independence from the Republican Party in remarks he will deliver on Monday.
“One of the things I am going to change in Washington is my own party,” Gomez will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks. “I am fully aware that in a few months from now, some in the Republican Party will consider me to be a pain in the butt. And I am okay with that.”
“He will point to particular stances in which he has broken with many in the Republican Party, including his belief in climate change, his support for gay marriage, his support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and his support for background checks for gun sales…”
UPDATE: Full Speech after the jump
Here are Gabriel Gomez’s remarks as prepared for delivery.
I’ve said that I am a new kind of Republican. Let me tell you what that means.
One of the things I am going to change in Washington is my own party. I am fully aware that in a few months from now, some in the Republican Party will consider me to be a pain in the butt. And I am okay with that.
Right now, the GOP is a Party that has promised more change than it has delivered and is sometimes stuck in the past. I’m going to work to fix that. How can we fix anything else if we can’t fix our own party? Our party should be an example of the solution not the problem.
If the Republican Party can’t bring itself to appeal to every American voter, it should just shut its doors. No, we should be the party of every American – all Americans – and all Americans equally, not a party for the privileged few.
I’ve said before that I’m a green Republican. That won’t sit well with some in the Republican Party, but I believe that needs to change. I think climate change is a real problem, and I believe that humans are a big part of the problem.
I support allowing two people to get married, whether they are gay or straight. Again, that won’t sit well with many in the Republican Party, but I will go to work on them.
I support immigration reform, bringing people in from behind the shadows, and developing a path for them to be participants in the American Dream. I know that many in the Republican Party are against that. I will go to work on them.
And I support the effort to expand background checks for gun purchases. Unfortunately, the Toomey-Manchin bill that would have done just that got only four Republican votes in the Senate. I will work to get more Republican support and get this bill passed.
Like I said, it is very likely that a few months from now many of the Republicans in Washington will consider me to be a pain in the butt. I’m ok with that. I guess that’s how I define being a new kind of Republican.
I believe that hyper-partisanship is the problem in Washington, not the solution. I believe a good idea is a good idea, and it doesn’t matter whose idea it is.
Republicans must become the Party that takes a bottom up approach to solving problems, not top down. We must promote a natural economic growth, not fake, phony, pretend growth and stimulus, directed top-down by Washington.
It’s time for something fresh, which is why I’ve proposed my plan to Reboot Congress. All the points in this plan are basic common sense, and all of these are popular in every area code except 202. And all these ideas are immediately dismissed in Washington as unrealistic.
From term limits, to balanced budgets, to stopping members of Congress from becoming lobbyists….the smart guys in both parties in Washington say none of it can be done.
And Congressman Markey is one of these Congressional-lifers who can’t and won’t do these things I am proposing because he is the old Washington way of doing things and he can’t change what he is. He’s had 37 years in Congress, it’s time for him to move home, sell his house in Maryland, and come back to Massachusetts to live under the laws he has created. It’s time for a fresh approach.
Here’s the truth of the matter – the people of Massachusetts are independent minded folks. But Congressman Markey is not. He votes the party line 99% of the time. That’s a recipe for exactly what we have right now in Congress – dysfunction, gridlock, and failure.