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Gomez adviser implores GOP donors to support candidate

Republican Gabriel Gomez is running against Representative Edward Markey for in the special election to fill the US Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was appointed as secretary of state.


Republican Gabriel Gomez is running against Representative Edward Markey for in the special election to fill the US Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was appointed as secretary of state.

If the full force of the Republican establishment and its donors has been behind Massachusetts Senate hopeful Gabriel E. Gomez, Brad Todd has missed it.

The influential Virginia-based Republican consultant, a paid Gomez adviser, took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration with the support the Bay State GOP nominee has received so far.

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“Will mod[erate] R[epublican] donor class put its money where mouth is? Is this a party or therapy session?” he tweeted.

“GOPers have moped in sack cloth lab coats for 7 months,” he added in another tweet. “Stop analyzing. Start winning. Get out of the Endless Post Mortem & help @GomezForMa.”

In a telephone interview, Todd said he was not speaking on behalf of the campaign and was not angry at any specific group. But his frustration was clear in the tone of his voice.

“My angst is there has been a great Republican therapy session that has been nonstop since November. It has involved donors whinging about how we got out-campaigned in 2012. It’s had conservatives complaining that no one we run is pure enough,” he said.

But, he said, there’s an election going on right now and Republicans should pay attention to Gomez. Todd said that supporting the Bay State GOP nominee was a way for Republicans frustrated with dysfunction in Washington, D.C., to make a statement.

“It’s time to get off the couch and grab the checkbook,” he said.

Todd’s comments come a day after Gomez’s opponent, US Representative Edward J. Markey, was showered with support from the national Democratic establishment and its loyal donor base. Michelle Obama campaigned for Markey on Wednesday at a high-dollar fund-raiser at the Taj Boston that brought in more than $700,000 for the campaign.

Gomez held a similarly pricey fund-raiser with Senator John McCain of Arizona last week, but his campaign did not release how much money it brought in. That event was a much smaller, more casual and lower-key affair than the one with Obama.

Gomez faces an uphill climb in a state where 61 percent of the electorate voted to re-elect President Obama last year and where 54 percent vaulted Democrat Elizabeth Warren to the Senate, unseating then-Senator Scott P. Brown. And he’ll need money to make that climb.

According to federal filings, Markey had more than $4.6 million in the bank on April 10; Gomez had $500,000.

The next campaign finance reports in the Massachusetts Senate race are due to the Federal Election Commission by June 13 — and will reveal whether Gomez has sufficiently motivated donors off their couches.

The election is slated for June 25.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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