GOP Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez sought to pre-empt President Obama's campaign rally for Democrat Edward J. Markey in Boston today, posting an online "open letter" to Obama last night that touts his own willingness to cross the aisle and calls on the president to demonstrate his bipartisanship by meeting him in Chelsea.
"I look forward to working with you to represent all the people of Massachusetts," the ex-Navy SEAL wrote. "Where we disagree, I will reach across the aisle and work to find common ground with you, and with my fellow members of Congress. As voters know, my campaign is about the future, not the past. I believe it's time for a bipartisan problem solver who will put people before politics. In that spirit of bipartisanship, while you're in Massachusetts today, I invite you to join me this afternoon at my Veterans Town Hall event in Chelsea at 2:00PM.
"While my opponent Congressman Markey is depending on the national Democratic machine in Washington, I'm depending on people of Massachusetts," Gomez wrote. "I hope you get an opportunity to meet them. Again, welcome to Massachusetts, and I look forward to working with you in Washington."
The claims of bipartisanship and the unusual challenge to meet follows a relentless campaign by Markey to cast Gomez as a tool of the national Republicans, some of whom have campaigned for him.
Gomez later said Obama's 2 p.m. Boston rally today shows Markey is "running scared." Two recent polls show Markey just seven points ahead of Gomez.
Last night, senior Markey adviser Mark Horan responded to Gomez's letter: "Given his history of writing to Democratic officeholders, you'd think he'd stop." The remark was a reference to Gomez's January letter to Gov. Deval Patrick asking to be appointed to replace ex-U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, in which he touted his own vote for Obama. The letter proved an embarrassment for Gomez with Republicans.
Markey continued his line of attack as the two squared off in a debate last night in Springfield.
"These people have arrived committed to making sure that President Obama's agenda doesn't move at all. It begins with Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the United States Senate who was sending out letters for Mr. Gomez," Markey said.
Gomez countered that Markey has been "personally trying to demonize and make me be somebody that I'm not."
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