Meanwhile, the GOP figure perhaps most popular in Massachusetts, former Senator Scott P. Brown, has been largely off-stage. Brown, who opted earlier this year against seeking the seat himself, has not lent Gomez’s campaign the star wattage that accrues a former US senator who three years ago pulled off a historic upset.
On Thursday, Brown said he had contributed to Gomez’s campaign, assisted with fundraising, and already voted absentee for Gomez, in anticipation of spending Election Day in his role as a FOX NEWS contributor.
Leaving the State House with his wife, Gail, and daughter Ayla after paying respects to late Governor Paul Cellucci, Brown told the Globe he was willing to do more.
Asked whether he would actively campaign with Gomez, Brown replied, “Whatever they need.” Would he appear at a Gomez rally? “If my schedule allows it, yeah,” Brown said.
For their part, the Gomez campaign said it is comfortable with Brown’s level of support on the campaign trail.
“He’s given counsel and money and stay tuned,” said Gomez adviser Lenny Alcivar.Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at James.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.