Democratic Senate candidate Edward J. Markey released a new television ad on Tuesday that tries to undercut Gabriel E. Gomez’s claim to be a “new kind of Republican.”
The ad shows Gomez saying he is “personally pro-life,” that “I think you can think about increasing the retirement age,” for Social Security benefits, and that “I don’t believe we need to do an assault weapons ban.”
“So when you hear, ‘I’m a new kind of Republican,’ you know it’s not true,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, titled “Not True.”
The ad is part of Markey’s strategy to tie Gomez to the conservative positions of the national Republican Party, which Democrats believe are deeply unpopular in traditionally left-leaning Massachusetts.
“Gabriel Gomez may call himself ‘a new kind of Republican,’ but his opposition to banning assault weapons, support for raising the retirement age and willingness to support Supreme Court justices who would vote to repeal Roe v. Wade and ban women from having the right to choose are proof he’d be a puppet for the national Republican Party in Washington,” Markey campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker said in a statement.
Gomez has been trying to distance himself from the national GOP, pointing out that he supports same-sex marriage and a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and that he has not signed a no-new-taxes pledge.
“It is very likely that a few months from now many of the Republicans in Washington will consider me to be a pain in the butt. I’m OK with that,” he said in a statement on Monday. “I guess that’s how I define being a new kind of Republican.”Michael Levenson can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.