Candidate running for Senate – and for marathon finish line
April 1st, 2013
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Candidate running for Senate – and for marathon finish line

(CNN) - Gabriel Gomez has his sights set on Massachusetts' open Senate seat - and what better place to meet potential voters than the state's premier running event?

Gomez will run in this year's Boston Marathon, held April 15, and hopes to meet as many of the race's spectators as possible.

"This race is all about having a great time. Starting it and finishing it," Gomez said Monday. "From everything I've seen it's the most amazing marathon. I'm hoping to meet a lot of people, shake a lot of hands."

Gomez – who has run five marathons in the past - is vying for the Republican nomination in the Massachusetts Senate race. A primary vote will be held April 30, with winners going on to the special election in June. He's competing against Michael Sullivan, a conservative former U.S. attorney, and Daniel Winslow, a state lawmaker.

The seat became available after John Kerry became secretary of state.

Runners in the Boston Marathon must first qualify in another race. Gomez said his 3:22 time in the Smuttynose Marathon in New Hampshire was good enough for a spot in the Boston event.

Marathon Monday in Boston is a state holiday, which allows Bostonians to come out and cheer on runners along the race route, which weaves through suburbs of the city and finishes downtown.

Some of those suburbs lie in Rep. Ed Markey's district. Markey is running for the Democratic nomination in the Bay State Senate race against fellow congressman Stephen Lynch.

"Congressman Markey is more than welcome to join me," Gomez said.

Gabriel Gomez announced his candidacy in February with a bilingual web video introducing himself to voters.

"I spent my career as a Navy SEAL and a businessman right here in Boston," he said. "I'm not a politician so I'll have a very different kind of campaign."


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "I spent my career as a Navy SEAL and a businessman right here in Boston," he [Gomez] said. "I'm not a politician so I'll have a very different kind of campaign."
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    TRANSLATION:
    If should win the Senate seat and because he's so green, the Republican leadership will lead him by the nose wherever they want him to go. They will show him the ropes and how to get things done.....their way.

    April 1, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. plain&simple

    So what's his views on the issues of the day? Put some meat on the bone....fluff is not the answer in politics!!!

    April 1, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Peace

    Does he want to introduce his marathon techniques in Washington? He might be applying the wrong job then, as things in there, never go in a speed of marathon.

    April 1, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Donna

    Any time a professional politican or a lawyer is NOT running for office, I feel there is some hope left. Problem is that these normal people get eaten alive by the dirty rotten lawyers and politicians. Especially in a far left state like Massachusetts. Good luck in traversing the open sewer that is Massachusetts politics.

    April 1, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You're a former Navy Seal and a business man. Okay! The tell us your views on the war in Afghanistan, sequestration and the ongoing conflicts in the middle east. You are running for Sen. Kerry's old seat. Those are some huge shoes to fill. How are you qualified?

    April 1, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. w l jones

    This is dry land we do thing different here!!!

    April 1, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. david shoup

    He is a real veteran. That is already a plus.

    April 1, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Another also-ran with no prayer of winning. Perhaps he'll have more success running the road race.

    April 1, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    This country does not need another do gooder amateur who claims to be a non-poltician. These do gooders do not know the importance of compromise and give and take. A politician knows how to be reasonable and compromise with his friends across the aisle. Look at the gridlock damage caused by Tea Partiers and libertarians in Congress.

    April 1, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    david shoup

    He is a real veteran. That is already a plus.
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    Most people would prefer a humanitarian for Congress over a verteran any day of the week. Nothing against vets, but military experience as a SEAL is the best training for a US Senator. He claims to be a "businessman", but fails to distinguish what exactly that means. I imagine that is a euphimism for self-employed and currently underpaid.

    The coup de grace is when he warns us that his will be a "different" type of campaign. In other words, my mistakes are not really mistakes. I planeed it that way. Well, at least he seems to have most of the political spin skills of a conservative.

    April 1, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    You are running for Sen. Kerry's old seat. Those are some huge shoes to fill.
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    you're joking right? kerry spent 28 years in the senate and had not one single piece of significant legislation. only in democrat fantasy land could this be considered big shoes.

    April 1, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Tommy G

    Wow.... Democrats sure do dislike vets unless they are Democrats! Typical. Criticizing a guy you don't really know, who risked his life for his country just because of politics. How low can you people possibly sink?

    April 1, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. anonymous

    This guy doesn't have a chance in Massachusetts. They only vote for veterans that accuse the military of being murders like Ghengis Khan, AKA John Kerry. They'd rather vote for the usual corrupt Democrat candidate that follows the leftist party line.

    April 1, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    Another also-ran with no prayer of winning. Perhaps he'll have more success running the road race.
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    You know, if I recall correctly, when Brown was running against Coakley, your comment was, quote, "the dude has about as much chance as a fart against a tornado". Must have been some powerful beans, eh?

    April 1, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Walter Liberman

    Tell me this guy would actually fund the wars this country fightst. I getting damn tired seeing this wars funded by borrowing money.

    April 1, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    If someone said that this is Paul Ryan's long lost, baby brother I'd be first inclined to believe it.

    April 1, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. plain&simple

    Tommy G.....asking someone what they believe or what they stand for is not criticizing!!! Thought youmight like to know that.

    April 1, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |