Why it's John McCain, maverick, stumping for Gomez in Massachusetts
In the Massachusetts Senate race, underdog Gabriel Gomez enlisted the help Monday of GOP maverick-in-chief John McCain. There's a reason he called on McCain and not, say, Newt Gingrich.
At a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez Monday morning, Sen. John McCain didn’t mince his words.Skip to next paragraph
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In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 and Mr. Gomez’s opponent – 18-term Congressman Ed Markey – leads comfortably in early polls, that may be an understatement. Then again, Senator McCain is no stranger to tough campaigns, or to the kind of party-straddling political identity it takes to woo independents in a deep blue state like Massachusetts.
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So it’s no accident that it was McCain appearing with Gomez rather than, say, Newt Gingrich, who announced last week that his new political action committee would give $5,000 to the young Republican’s campaign – while also cautioning the military-veteran-turned-investment banker to steer clear of the GOP establishment in Washington.
But standing next to the GOP’s maverick-in-chief, flanked by veterans and wearing his signature green bomber jacket, Gomez could make the case that his would be a personalized and pragmatic brand of Republican politics.
“Senator McCain is part of a gang of eight,” Gomez said, referring to the bipartisan group of senators who've crafted a massive immigration reform bill. “Well, I want to make that gang of eight a gang of nine…. He’s one of the few that reaches across the aisle and I want to support him on that.”