President Obama will visit Boston next week to campaign for Senate candidate Edward J. Markey, the White House said Tuesday.
Obama plans to hold a fund-raiser June 12 for Markey, two weeks after his wife, Michelle, held a fund-raiser for the congressman at the Taj hotel in Boston. That event brought in $700,000.
“He’s going to come in and lift our spirits, help us raise some money,” said John Walsh, chairman of the state Democratic Party.
Markey is locked in a battle with Republican Gabriel E. Gomez. The election is June 25.
— MICHAEL LEVENSON AND JIM O’SULLIVAN
Rubio urges supporters to donate $15 to aid Gomez
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida asked political supporters Tuesday to donate to Gabriel E. Gomez’s campaign, pitching the Massachusetts Republican’s election as a way to help the GOP take back the Senate.
In an e-mail, Rubio encouraged $15 contributions that he said would “see to it that Gabriel Gomez is the first victory on our drive to a GOP Senate majority.”
Rubio, popular in the national GOP and considered a front-line 2016 presidential prospect, adds star wattage to Gomez’s campaign, which until recent days had not drawn heavy support from outside Massachusetts.
From his Reclaim America political action committee, Rubio wrote that Gomez had “fought within inches of a major political upset that could have national implications.”
“Gomez is currently facing a massive onslaught of Democratic special interest money,” Rubio said. “Everyone from President Obama to Harry Reid to a host of Hollywood liberals have pitched in to help defeat Gomez. Now it’s time to come to his aid.”
After Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell sent out his own e-mail soliciting support for the Bay State nominee, Gomez worked Monday to distinguish himself from the national party.
Meanwhile, Representative Edward J. Markey, tapping further into the deep reserve of Democratic money in Southern California, will attend a campaign fund-raiser Sunday at the Beverly Hills home of entertainment magnate Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl.
A Markey spokeswoman confirmed that Markey would attend the event, but had no details on how much money it is expected to bring in.
— JOSHUA MILLER AND JIM O’SULLIVAN
Markey ad takes aim at ‘new kind of Republican’ stance
Democratic Senate candidate Edward J. Markey released a new television ad 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 prolife,” believes “you can think about increasing the retirement age” for Social Security benefits, and “[does not] 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 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-
“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 Monday. “I guess that’s how I define being a new kind of Republican.”
— MICHAEL LEVENSON