Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, on defense in the early weeks of his race against Democrat Edward J. Markey, on Monday unleashed a frontal attack on his opponent’s homeland security credentials, trying to put Markey on his heels just over a month before voters go to the polls and elect a new US senator.
“The bottom line is: Nothing he’s done has made our nation safer,” Gomez said of Markey at a high-dollar fund-raiser, one of the two events he attended with Senator John McCain.
The comments, which echoed similarly heated rhetoric on Friday, suggest a shift for Gomez to a more aggressive posture. Until now, his campaign has largely focused on his biography, with Gomez emphasizing his experience as a Navy SEAL and his status as a Washington outsider but eschewing such direct engagement on Markey’s votes.
Gomez, however, was clearly on offense Monday, calling Markey’s votes “out of the mainstream.”
At a VFW hall in Dorchester with the 2008 GOP presidential nominee standing by his side, Gomez attacked Markey for voting against a 2004 resolution that expressed sympathy to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and lauded first responders and international allies. He also assailed his opponent for voting against a similar 2006 measure.
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