The Massachusetts state Republican Party is boosting GOP Senate candidate Gabriel
Gomez with a massive $396,000 ad buy placed today even as the former Navy SEAL
pushed to distance himself from GOP leaders.
Democratic opponent Edward J. Markey's campaign pounced on the ad buy to link Gomez to conservatives.
"The national Republican Party is trying to use this election as part of their efforts to obstruct President Obama's every move while enacting a radical right-wing GOP agenda, and Gabriel Gomez's laughable claims of independence that come at the very moment he's launching a TV ad buy," said Markey spokesman Andrew Zucker.
The GOP ad buy in the Boston and Springfield media markets, comes as the candidates prepare to square off in their first televised debate Wednesday.
Gomez sought to distance himself from the national party hardliners earlier today following a fundraising email sent out by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell Friday. Gomez has also gotten funds from GOP lightning rod Newt Gingrich and campaigned with U.S. Sen. John McCain.
"One of the things I am going to change in Washington is my own party. I am fully aware that in a few months from now, some in the Republican Party will consider me to be a pain in the butt. And I am OK with that," said Gomez at a Quincy event this morning.
Democrats attacked McConnell's email over the weekend, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren cited it in her own fundraising email for U.S. Rep. Markey.
"Mitch McConnell said it himself: Gabriel Gomez will help right-wing Republicans and Tea Party radicals to stop President Obama's agenda," she wrote.
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