Gomez in Fitchburg visit: Economy is the focus
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#1 Mar 19, 2013
Gomez in Fitchburg visit: Economy is the focus
By Alana Melanson, amelanson@sentinelandenterpris e.com
Posted: 03/19/2013 06:37:53 AM EDT
SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez speaks at Fitchburg Public Library on Monday afternoon.
FITCHBURG -- Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez told attendees of a Monday afternoon meet-and-greet at the Fitchburg Public Library that he is committed to improving the economy, putting people back to work and making the federal government smaller and more effective.
Gomez, 47, is a first-generation American. His parents immigrated from Colombia the year before he was born, and his first language was Spanish. He was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Washington state, and currently lives in Cohasset with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.
The former Navy SEAL and pilot earned his master of business administration at Harvard Business School and worked for the private equity firm Advent International for
SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE Gabriel Gomez, right, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, chats with Steven Cote, 18, a candidate for councilor-at-large in Leominster, during a visit Monday to the Fitchburg Public Library.
16 years before resigning two weeks ago to campaign full time.
Gomez said he felt at a young age a strong desire to give back to the country that welcomed his parents with open arms -- but is worried that the same opportunities will not be available to his children and future generations, with the country in $16 trillion of debt and otherwise economically unstable.
"I'm concerned that the American dream that my parents came here for, and I've been able to live and fulfill, is not going to be here for my kids if we continue on the path we're on," he said.
Gomez believes it's time to stop sending career politicians to Washington, D.C., and instead elect new folks with new ideas and the courage to enact them in order to "do
what's right for the American people."
He also believes the Republican Party needs to "talk about what we support, as opposed to what we're against," to bring new people in.
Last week, he released a seven-point plan that he believes will bring meaningful change to Congress and the federal government as a whole. In that plan, Gomez proposes a lifetime ban on senators and congressmen becoming lobbyists; a two-term limit for senators and a three-term limit for congressmen; a balanced-budget
SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/ JOHN LOVE Albert "Tubby" Boucher, chairman of the Townsend Republican Town Committee, and Jane Andrews with her daughter, Laura, 5, listen to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez speak Monday at Fitchburg Public Library.
amendment; no pay for Congress if it misses its budget deadline; a line-item veto; a congressional pay freeze; and mandatory blind trusts for members of Congress.
He believes gay marriage should be decided by the states, and if Obamacare can't be overturned, he supports giving states waivers.
While Gomez grew up Catholic and considers himself to be pro-life, he said he is not about to try to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said people are tired of divisive issues, such as abortion, dominating the discussion, when there are much bigger concerns to be addressed -- namely, the economy and jobs.
Gomez said he wants to "get to the bottom" of what happened in the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others. He said the incident hit particularly close to home, with two of those killed being Navy SEALs, one of whom was from Massachusetts.
#2 Mar 19, 2013
He supports the Keystone Pipeline, which he said will produce jobs, make the U.S. less dependent around the world on energy, and reduce energy costs at home.
Gomez has recently come under fire for a letter he wrote to Gov. Deval Patrick in January asking to be considered for the interim appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In the letter, Gomez touted his support of President Barack Obama in 2008 and said he agreed with Obama's positions on immigration reform and gun control.
Gomez said Monday that he never voted for Obama, voting instead for U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2008 and former Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012. He said he did, however, donate $230 to Obama's 2008 campaign, at the request of a friend who attended law school with Obama.
Gomez said he wrote the letter to Patrick because he thought the governor had a unique opportunity to "reach across the aisle" by appointing a Republican.
Ironically, he said, he delivered that letter to Mo Cowan, Patrick's former chief of staff, whom Patrick appointed to the position.
"I don't think it gets much more 'crony' than that, to be frank," Gomez said.
Gomez said Monday he is a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights, and he would not support an ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. He believes the gun-show loophole on background checks and mental illness needs to be closed -- more than 20 states don't report mental-illness background checks to the federal government, he said.
"I think we need to worry more about who has the weapons as opposed to what kind of weapon it is and how many rounds are in a magazine," Gomez said.
When it comes to immigration, he believes the starting point is securing the border, followed by offering the 99 percent of the country's 12 million undocumented workers, who want to be productive members of society, a pathway to citizenship.
Frank Ardinger of Leominster, a Massachusetts Republican Committeeman for Worcester-Middlesex District, said he appreciates Gomez's focus on the core principles of the Republican party -- personal responsibility, personal freedom, smaller government, as well as jobs and the economy.
Albert "Tubby" Boucher, chairman of the Townsend Republican Town Committee, said he's happy to see a younger, fresh face emerging in the race.
Gwen Meunier, a member of the Leominster Republican City Committee, agreed and said voters need to stop simply voting for names they recognize because they don't take the time to educate themselves on the candidates.
She is concerned, however, about Gomez's donation to the Obama campaign.
"It's troubling because you put your money where your mouth is," Meunier said.
Mary Lotze, a member of the Fitchburg Republican City Committee, said she doesn't care about the letter or the small donation, and is impressed by Gomez's honesty and how he did not hesitate to address the negative press he has received.
Jane Andrews, an independent voter from Townsend who usually votes for conservative candidates, said she is leaning toward Gomez based on his principles and proposed policies, but said she still needs to look further into the other candidates on both sides before she can make a decision.
Gomez is running against state Rep. Daniel Winslow and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are running.
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#3 Mar 19, 2013
Is this Gomez guy the same Gomez our boy Lynch, the pride of Fitchburg, hares an occasional gerbil with on date night?
#4 Mar 19, 2013
You leave Gomez alone. Nothing shows Fitchburg pride like him dancing around a car wearing a rainbow t-shirt during a parade for war veterans! He rules and represents Democratic Freedom.
#5 Mar 19, 2013
real classy! You are king discriminator. You will see karma in your time.
Gomez actually has good ideas. If Lynch loses then I think I will vote for Gomez. I have visited and read his website proposals and stances. I think he is electable.
There is no one like Lynch honestly! Lynch works hard for veterans, elderly and hard working Americans. View his record, seriously!
Lynch was raised in the projects when they were built to house Veterans and their families. He is a good man and he fights for the average American.
He is a champion of Veteran rights, elder rights and hard working Americans. Honestly he is the real deal. If elected, you will know that he is there as a Senator.
#6 Mar 19, 2013
At least Angelo never killed an innocent man in Southie.
#7 Mar 19, 2013
scared? LMAO, Stand up like a man you POS! You will not COWARD!!!!
#8 Mar 19, 2013
You enjoy hiding huh? LMAO. COWARD! Give me a fair one,huh?? Too scared?? LMAO, coward!
#9 Mar 20, 2013
What do you care about the economy? You are collecting a cuckoo check.
#10 Mar 20, 2013
People are scared to give you their name, you killed a guy. You're a monster.
#11 Mar 20, 2013
Something tells me that Rep. Lynch would be less than pleased to find out that you have endorsed him.
#12 Mar 20, 2013
Rolly the POS! Just like your mother thought when the abortion failed and you arrived.
#14 Mar 21, 2013
May 18, 1993
Three men accused in the clubbing and spearing death of Andrew S. McDonough last summer pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to manslaughter.
Judge Robert Banks ordered Jason D. Clifford, 21, of Dorchester to serve 7 to 15 years, and Kevin Lynch, 23, of South Boston to serve 6 to 15 years in the state prison in Walpole; and Brian Lynch, 20, of South Boston to serve 20 years in the state prison in Concord.
Clifford will be eligible for parole in about five years, Kevin Lynch in about four, and Brian Lynch in about two years.
#15 Mar 21, 2013
Drop dead Rollstone! I do not owe anyone! I over did my time. Go to hell! All you do is harass me. I did my time, you didn't do it for me! I missed out on life not you, I paid in full; go fuck yourself!
If you do not want to allow that man to rest in peace then that is on your plate and you can deal with the negative energy karma that comes from your behavior!
In the meantime, go to hell!!!
#16 Mar 22, 2013
you did time? how many times did you say right here that you are not "that Kevin Lynch"?
#17 Mar 22, 2013
Nelson Mandella did time! Many people do time! Wrong person! Don't owe you nor anyone else! I paid in full!
It makes some people feel good to be able to label others. When things are bad in others lives they enjoy blaming others. Makes them feel better.
#18 Mar 22, 2013
Wrong again. Every week the Government takes half my check to give you money so you and your boyfriend can go buy Doritos and dip. Why do you feel this is ok? Give me half of your welfare check and we will be even.
#19 Mar 22, 2013
In the eyes of the law Lynch was guilty. He even pled guilty.
#20 Mar 22, 2013
LOL; half your paycheck? LMAO! Stop it please! Federal, state and social security. At tax reporting time you get most of your money back. If you have kids you either get the same or more money back.
Half your check? LMAO!! Stop please! Does any of your tax money go to Nasa, FPD, FFD, massive pension systems, overpaid politicians, double salary for sheriffs and other state employees, the big dig, local roads, upkeep of all city and state properties, pell grant funding, snow plowing, bridges and the list goes on and on and on!!!!
Wow, you take care of so much! Then you either get a unbelievable pension with full boat benefits, social security and unemployment if you need it! You have it tough bro!
At minimum wage it takes 120 hrs a week of work to be able to pay rent. Imagine the factory worker working all them hrs?
It is getting comical, we have governors taking health care benefits from all city and state employees but for the police and fire!! LMAO! So, the highest paid and the least worked gets everything??
Then if the teachers, fire, police, sports athletes do not get overpaid then they strike!! LMAO.
Soon the Nazis will make it so only those I mentioned can even vote, LMAO!!!!
To be honest, I was smart enough to become a teacher. I was athletic enough to pass with flying colors the police and fire! I was always good at sports but I was never the best. I was a better manager.
In Fitchburg we have over 40,000 citizens. We have 200 teachers, 90 police and 90 firefighters. That is 380 jobs. Of those 380 , 360 are not touchable/not available every year!
In the past two years how many firefighters were hired? How many new police? How many teachers?
All these three careers were once all democrats and now they are almost all republicans. Can someone tell me why? How did this happen?
Many in these positions complain about welfare and food stamps!! I see retired fire and police with boats, trucks vacation homes, antiques and fine wines. Not bad gig! Most current employees have all these toys also!
So, they are all doing pretty good and now can be considered part of the well to do group!
That is good! Does anyone else notice that most of these guys have very soft skin? No wrinkles. I seen a trooper at Makis that was so clean that I think he would shoot someone if they splashed him. What kind of detergent do those guys use, seriously!
#21 Mar 22, 2013
You're just sore because they don't let drug addled felon lunatics with a history of phony disability claims get on the civil service list.
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