QUINCY — Facing criticism over the support he has drawn from Washington-based Republicans, US Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez sought Monday to distance himself from the national party.
“I’m going to win this with or without D.C.,” Gomez said during a campaign stop in Quincy, trying to rebut a charge by his Democratic opponent, US Representative Edward J. Markey, that Gomez would serve as a foot soldier for the national Republican agenda, which has repeatedly proven a political liability in liberal Massachusetts.
But Gomez’s campaign struggled to respond Monday to Markey aides’ charges that the Republican is being subsidized by the very same conservatives he had claimed earlier would not necessarily receive his support.
Gomez’s campaign has bought roughly $400,000 in television airtime, paid for in part by the state Republican Party, according to campaign officials. The ad, which will air in the Boston and Springfield markets, comes on the heels of a previous media buy of roughly the same size, which ran from May 17 through May 26.
At the end of April, the state GOP had $361,000 in cash, according to Federal Election Commission filings. National parties can contribute to state parties and local campaigns, who can then spend the money as their own. Gomez held a Boston fund-raiser last month, headlined by Senator John McCain of Arizona, whose proceeds went into a joint committee set up by the Gomez campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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