Gomez makes final pitch as political newcomer

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April 30, 2013, 7:18 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Cohasset, Mass.) - Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez - a name you likely never heard until February - made seven stops through the morning and early afternoon Tuesday and has two more planned this evening before he gets to his final stop in Cohasset, Mass.

Unlike the other four candidates for U.S. senate, Gomez has never run for election or held office.

The 47-year-old father of four's seventh stop of the day was at his Watertown headquarters where he joined his wife Sarah, daughter Olivia and volunteers in making calls to voters.

They know turnout is low and this will likely be a tight race.

When I asked him about recent polls showing him with a commanding lead in parts of the state he told me "I am not a politician, I don't how to read them," but went on to say he considers them a snapshot and that he is not surprised, crediting the ground work of his team.

Gomez's impressive resume includes military achievements as an aircraft carrier pilot, a navy seal, Harvard business school graduate and work as a principal at investment firm Advent International.

So what is the key issue for this moderate, pro life Republican son of Colombian immigrants and supporter of gay marriage?

"It's the economy right now. And I've got leadership experience in the military, and I've got 16 years of private sector experience helping companies grow and be successful. And I can reach across the aisle and get things done. I've been effective my whole life and I look forward to going down there and doing the same thing."

Doors open 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. Gomez is not expected until the race is called. He does not have as much name recognition as Mike Sullivan or Dan Winslow, we'll see if this political newcomer can get it done.

Tags: massachusetts, Josh Brogadir, Cohasset, gabriel gomez, MA senate race, Republican candidate MA, MA US Senate primary race
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