The Navy SEAL footage has been stowed, and the biographical details back-burnered. The bin Laden photos don’t make an appearance.
With less than a week until the special US Senate election, Republican Gabriel E. Gomez has what his campaign believes is its winning message: You can fire me.
First in a debate Tuesday and now in a television ad that began airing statewide Thursday, Gomez has been pitching the relative brevity of the term he is trying to win over Democratic nominee Edward J. Markey. He describes it as a probation period of sorts, as he finishes out the term for the seat vacated by John F. Kerry when he was appointed secretary of state.
“You’ve had 37 years in D.C. to get these important things done,” Gomez told Markey during their final debate, in a segment repackaged for the 30-second ad. “Give me 17 months, and I will keep my word, and I will do what I say.”
Gomez is essentially offering voters a recall mechanism: Don’t like how I’m doing my job? In 17 months, vote me out. Think I’m too cozy with the Tea Party or that I’ve become a loyal foot soldier for the far right? Two Novembers from now, pick the other guy.
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