The Senate campaign of political neophyte Gabriel Gomez is off to a rough start, but Republicans writing him off are doing the party a disservice. The former Navy SEAL and private equity investor shouldn’t be ruled out simply because he offered supportive words for President Obama. In the three-man race for the GOP nomination, Gomez deserves a chance to be evaluated on his merits.
The flight from Gomez’s campaign began last week after it emerged that only two months ago he asked Governor Patrick, a Democrat, to appoint him to the Senate after the resignation of John Kerry. In a Jan. 17 letter, Gomez vowed to support Obama’s gun control and immigration agenda. Such promises infuriate some Republicans, who bridle at any sign of accommodation with a Democratic president. Two of the three co-chairs of the Women for Gomez group quit. Republican activists castigated him. Lost in the kerfuffle, though, was that Gomez never renounced his party. In the letter to Patrick, Gomez described himself as a “moderate Republican.”