Political new comer, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez will now run for the Republican’s against Democratic Rep Ed Markey, who IS favored to win in the blue state….
Gabriel E. Gomez, a 47-year-old son of immigrants who became a Navy pilot and SEAL before becoming a private equity investor, won the Republican nomination tonight for the US Senate special election to replace John F. Kerry, bringing a fresh face to a race that had drawn scant interest from an electorate distracted by the Boston Marathon bombings.
Meanwhile, veteran US Representative Edward J. Markey beat fellow Representative Stephen F. Lynch in the race for the Democratic nod in the traditionally blue state.
Gomez garnered 88,325, or 51 percent of the votes, compared with 62,848 votes, or 36 percent, for former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan, and 22,830, or 13 percent, for state Representative Daniel B. Winslow, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
Markey received 293,273, or 57 percent of the votes, compared with 217,174 votes, or 43 percent, for his opponent, US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
Gomez, whose only previous political experience was an unsuccesful run for selectman in his hometown, will face off with Markey in the final election on June 25.
In a victory speech delivered this evening at his campaign’s election night party in Cohasset, Gomez declared that he was not a rigid partisan and wouldn’t take orders from party leaders.
“If you are looking for someone who refuses to work with the other party, I’m not your guy. … If you are looking for an independent voice, a completely new kind of Republican, take a look at our campaign. I’d welcome your support,” he said.
Applause and cheers broke out in the ballroom at the Omni Parker House where Markey’s campaign was holding its election night party as a TV station announced Markey was the winner. Former Governor Michael Dukakis, wearing a leather jacket, was standing next to his wife, Kitty, in the ballroom. “Now the fun begins,” he said.