Republican Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez is set to knock Democratic US Representative Edward J. Markey on Monday as “being out of the mainstream,” citing some of the congressman’s votes on issues of homeland security.
At a campaign rally Monday with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, Gomez will ding Markey for voting against a 2004 resolution expressing sympathy to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a similar 2006 resolution, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks provided by his campaign.
“One thing that I have never understood is why my opponent...was one of the only congressmen in America who voted against resolutions of Congress to [h]onor the [v]ictims of the 9/11 attacks,” Gomez will say, according to the remarks.
Markey was one of 16 congressmen to vote against the 2004 resolution and one of 22 to vote against the 2006 resolution.
Gomez also plans to note that Markey voted for the PATRIOT Act, but against its subsequent reauthorizations.
“And as for the Patriot Act, a law that has many supporters and detractors, on this one Congressman Markey has taken a true politician’s approach,” Gomez will say, according to the remarks. “Markey voted both for it and against it.”
The Gomez attacks appear to be an attempt to shift the narrative of the campaign and put Markey on defense.
“Ed Markey voted for six other measures to remember the 9/11 victims,” Markey spokesman Mark Horan said in a statement. “These particular measures tried to tie the war on terror to Iraq, long after Iraqi links were debunked.”
On the PATRIOT Act, Horan said the Malden Democrat voted for “these emergency measures as temporary authority during a time of national crisis. He did not support giving permanent, overly broad powers to investigate private records without consistent oversight and public debate.”
McCain is scheduled to appear with Gomez at a 10 a.m. rally in Dorchester and then attend a fundraiser at the Fairmont Copley Plaza at 11:15 a.m.
The 2008 GOP presidential nominee, McCain lost Massachusetts by more than 25 points to Barack Obama.
On the campaign trail today, Gomez said he was not concerned appearing with someone who had lost the Commonwealth by such a large margin.
“I’m honored to have John McCain come. He’s an independent voice. He and I share a lot of the same thoughts,” Gomez said.
Gomez noted they both supported the bipartisan compromise gun control legislation that failed in the Senate last month. And, Gomez said, both he and McCain are in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.
Markey and Gomez face off in a June 25 special election to fill the seat vacated by John F. Kerry.Joshua Miller can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.