Mass. Senate ad evokes killing old people, toilet seats
June 12th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
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Mass. Senate ad evokes killing old people, toilet seats

(CNN) – It's not every day a candidate manages to include toilet seats and Congress into the same ad.

But that's what Massachusetts Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is doing in a sarcasm-filled, 30-second ad meant to mock attacks from his Democratic rival Rep. Ed Markey.

"Gabriel Gomez is a very bad man," an announcer says in the ad. "He kills old people. He hates women. He even leaves the toilet seat up."

Markey, of course, hasn't levied those specific claims against Gomez in their battle for U.S. Senate, though the race has been marked by nastiness from both sides. Markey has cast his rival as an extreme right-wing Republican, hoping to turn off moderate voters in the Bay State.

Gomez called Markey "pond scum" for airing an ad that pictured the Republican candidate alongside Osama bin Laden, though Gomez told CNN in an interview this week he regretted that remark.

In the new ad, the announcer calls Markey's attacks "ridiculous."

"Congressman Markey must think we're stupid," the announcer says. "Markey is everything that's wrong with Congress: 37 years of pay raises, bounced checks, taking millions from people he regulates. It's about trust. If you like Congress, Ed Markey is your guy. But if you want an independent thinker try Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez."

The campaign said the ad would begin airing Thursday. Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, called the spot "a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that in tonight's debate he continued his embrace of national Republican policies and proved that he will go to Washington to stand shoulder to shoulder with Mitch McConnell in the GOP’s effort to obstruct President Obama’s agenda."

Gomez and Markey, who met for their second debate Tuesday night, are running for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by John Kerry, who left earlier this year to become secretary of state. Voters will choose a new senator June 25.

CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Dems are the biggest liars in this country. It seems to be part of their party platform, to lie, lie, lie.

    June 12, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Old guys of USA are believing this trash???? Karma. GOP idiots nasty trick like birth certificate.

    June 12, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Markey, of course, hasn't levied those specific claims against Gomez"
    Dirty, republican politics. If Markey never said those things, why's Gomez' campaign making it out like he did? Pathetic!

    June 12, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. plain&simple

    So we get an article about a toilet seat and not the debate? I don't think congress are the only ones not doing there jobs very well!

    June 12, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Gomez, when you cannot run on either the issues or your own record, then you really need to get out of the race.

    June 12, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    A more appropriate use of a toilet in a political ad would be for the Dems to show a stack of cash being flushed down the toilet with the caption: Doners sending $$$ to gomez would get the same result if they just did this.

    June 12, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "try Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez"...sorry NAVY SEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gabe but you are not going to win, no matter how much you try to shove you military service down everyones' throat. You are starting to sound like "noun/verb/9-11" Rudy Ghouliani.

    June 12, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Pete

    Gomez thinks he'll just walk in without a fight,how wrong he is..Remember republicans it was your reps who ran the more elaberate,dirtier ads using dirty CitizensUnited monies against their democratic rivals with Rick Scott and others the dirtier of politicians like Boehner,McConnell and Issa who actually shouldn't be in politics at all if their pasts had been previously investigated properly ..McCain with the Keating 5 costing taxpayers in the 80s billions of dollars in that S&L scandal that he and his wife Cindy were involved in but he walked away scott free after turning states evidence against his former political collegues,can you say a real scumbag or just a lowlife that's as low as a politician as you can tolerate and it seems republicans can tolerate those that are lowest in those terms right and real hypocrites too!!

    June 12, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Durundal

    So explain to me again how either of these tools' behavior justifies them holding a dignified seat within our government? They both should be run out of town

    June 12, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Well, we know it was a joke when they got to leaving the toilet seat up: Gomez sits to pee.

    June 12, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Just a thought

    When you see toilet you have to think of the GOP/Republiklans and their vapid, delusional Tea A turd supporters. Day after day, these knuckle dragging racist ideas repeat the same lies. Obama has destroyed this if, he didn't take over when the country was in full melt down. One has to ask what rock did these nincompoops crawl out from under, as if this country was doing just fine before 2009. IT WASN'T YOU DUMMIES. ....President Obama had to save the auto industry, the banks, get us out of two wars, save the housing market, and keep the middle class from going extinct. Don't you faux news watchin' fools get it?

    June 12, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Just a thought

    The GOP/Tea Tard Trade = I'm stupid and proud of it.

    June 12, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Data Driven

    Leaving the seat up? Really, Gomez? TMI, dude.

    June 12, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Just a thought

    Anytime a party and its vile supporters promote nothing but, hate, lies, racism, division to win favor with the electorate, you can best believe they've got nothing else......which is why in the next 10 years these old, evil, angry, fools will be overtaken by today's youth as they will be a diverse majority voting democrat......and we can just assign these old fools to some care facility, letting them live on the government support they hate so much...... heavens knows we don't need these boat anchors around right about now.

    June 12, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |