Skip to comments.Déjà vu in Massachusetts?
Posted on 04/24/2013 6:03:27 AM PDT by cotton1706
Just three years after Scott Browns stunning upset in the 2010 Massachusetts special Senate election, the race to fill Secretary of State John Kerrys old Senate seat is closer than expected. The GOP has managed to field three decent candidates, and Democrats appear prepared to give them an opening by nominating the very liberal Ed Markey, who is serving in his fifth decade in Congress.
While Markey is a fundraising powerhouse, he is viewed favorably by only 39 percent of likely voters. Thats a troublingly low favorability rating for Markey, considering how long hes been on the scene and how many voters have an opinion of him.
The Republican candidates trail Markey by double digits in the polls, with the closest candidate, Gabriel Gomez, trailing by 15 points. However, the winner of the April 30 Republican primary will have the ability to write his own narrative over the next two months and win over undecided voters.
Ads by GoogleOf the three Republican candidates, Gomez a former Navy Seal and businessman appears to be in the strongest position to defeat Markey. Though Gomezs poll position is only marginally better than that of the next closest Republican, Michael Sullivan, he has already accumulated over $1 million in fundraising (over half of which he loaned to himself). If the race is close, expect outside money to come pouring in as well. Gomez is also establishing a strong social media presence; he has far more Facebook likes than either of his GOP opponents.
Gomez intends to play his outsider background to the fullest with his reboot Congress initiative. Hes proposing term limits, a congressional pay freeze and a balanced budget amendment. Under Gomezs term limit plan, Markey would have been forced out of office in 1982. The outsider-insider narrative should provide Gomez with plenty of favorable campaign turf.
The other two Republicans, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow, are long-time officeholders. Sullivan served as acting ATF director and Winslow was a member of the Massachusetts state house and a judge.
Ideologically, Gomez appears to mirror Scott Brown on social issues, with Winslow falling to his left and Sullivan to his right. On fiscal issues, the three appear fairly similar, but Gomez and Winslow call for a balanced budget amendment while Sullivan does not.
The one known skeleton in Gomezs closet is a letter he wrote to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick putting his name forward to serve as an interim senator. The letter could damage Gomez in both the primary and the general election.
Democrats could make things easier for themselves by simply nominating United States Representative Stephen Lynch. While Lynch currently trails Markey by about 10 points in most pre-primary polls, he leads all three Republicans by more than 30 points. Crucially, Lynch leads his potential GOP opponents with independent voters by overwhelming numbers. Without a strong showing among independents, no Republican can win a statewide race in the Bay State.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/23/deja-vu-in-massachusetts/#ixzz2RNwnkvNr
The place is running over with all sorts of leftwingtards.
Where is the guy that ran against Bawhaney Fwank? Or is this him?
No, that was Sean Bielat, who did run again but lost to the Kennedy that they threw on the ballot to dupe the people.
Gomez is totally new and a total sham. He’s the type that makes moderates all warm and fuzzy inside. And, like Brown eventually would have, down the line he will become an “indepoendent” or even a democrat.
A registered independent in Massachusetts is a member of the Independent Party. People register as “unenrolled” so they can choose a Republican or Democrat ballot in a primary election.
They also have Democrats who wanted off the list. They still think like Democrats and vote like Democrats. Ergo, they are all still a bunch of fascist pigs and will never be any better than that.
My point was NOT to blame registered Independents.
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