Gomez leaves GOP, eyes independent bid against Warren
Move keeps options open; more challengers would likely benefit incumbent
GABRIEL GOMEZ, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate as a Republican in 2013, has switched his party affiliation to independent and is not ruling out a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren this year, according to a source familiar with his thinking.
Gomez said on WCVB’s On The Record this weekend that he had switched his voter registration from Republican to independent, which voter records confirm. He said it was now “impossible” for him to support the Republican Party at the national level. Gomez previously ran against Ed Markey in a special election for John Kerry’s Senate seat in 2013, losing by 10 points. Markey will be up for reelection in 2020, which would mark another opportunity for Gomez to make a run, should be decide to pass on running this cycle.
Gomez has sharply criticized both Trump and members of his former party who have not stood up to the president. Here he is responding to a column about Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse:
Agree – he along with Flake and Corker are all talk…deeds rarely, if ever, back their words. https://t.co/OqLtw1Dg7F— Gabriel Gomez (@GomezForMA) January 2, 2018
Gomez also called on Republicans to reject Roy Moore in last month’s Alabama Senate race, and criticized Trump’s “draft dodging deferments,” calling him a coward, and a “not tough guy.” He also opposed the GOP’s tax legislation.
Any Republican supporting the current Senate tax reform bill is abdicating their duty and responsibility to put country and people first before party. Let’s be honest, this is a massive break for the wealthy. Does little to nothing for middle class and those less fortunate.
— Gabriel Gomez (@GomezForMA) December 1, 2017
If he runs an an independent this year, Gomez would sidestep a crowded Republican primary and convention. Building enough delegates to clear the 15 percent threshold necessary to move forward would have been difficult starting at this late hour. State Rep. Geoff Diehl, businessman John Kingston, and former state GOP executive director Beth Lindstrom are all running for the Republican nomination and will be vying for delegates. Self-proclaimed inventor of email Shiva Ayyadurai dropped out the Republican race to run as an independent.
To run as an independent, Gomez would need to submit 10,000 signatures by late August, meaning he can keep his would-be opponents guessing for months yet. This deadline would mean he would have to file just before the Republican primary in September.