Gabriel E. Gomez, a former Navy SEAL who is running for the Republican nomination for US Senate, promised to support President Obama’s agenda on immigration and gun control in a letter he wrote to Governor Deval Patrick in January asking him to appoint him to the interim Senate seat.
The Gomez campaign released the letter today, as well as some personal financial information showing that Gomez, a private equity investor from Cohasset, earned $8.5 million in adjusted gross income from 2007 to 2011.
In his letter to Patrick, Gomez praises the Democratic governor’s “growing national reputation for bold and thoughtful leadership,” and argues that naming him to the seat could help bring the parties together.
“I fully understand that naming a moderate Republican like me would be completely unconventional,” Gomez says in the two-page letter dated January 17. “However, given the partisan and acrimonious atmosphere in the US Senate today, this is even more of a reason to consider appointing a moderate Republican with my background. I supported President Obama in 2008. I strongly believe that this appointment would be good for the Democrats as well since it is in everyone’s interest to have the two parties at the negotiating table.”
Gomez writes that, as a Latino and former Navy man, his appointment to the Senate will “generate national attention and senators from both parties would be hard-pressed to ignore your bold leadership.”
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