Gomez officially announces bid for Mass. Senate seat

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In a release issued by Lenny Alcivar, formerly GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's online rapid-response director, Gomez notes that the climate in Washington — "a lot of unproductive noise and bickering" — has led him to his run.

“I’m running because I refuse to be cynical about America or about America’s future. Certainly people will say, 'this can’t be fixed,' Gomez said. “But sending career politicians to do the job would be the same old, same old. Our country is better than its politics. Let’s fix it."

In an accompanying post on his website, Gomez elaborates that he is pursuing the seat to have a say in fiscal policy, expressing support for spending cuts over tax increases.

"Last month we avoided the fiscal cliff by raising taxes on everyone. But even if we raised taxes to 100% on the wealthiest taxpayers, it wouldn’t be enough to balance our federal budget. We need spending cuts, and I don’t say that based on some rigid ideological position, but because it is the only common sense way to balance the budget," he writes.

And Gomez cautions: "Be forewarned, I will charge hard in this campaign, I do not believe in doing anything half way."

Gomez's candidacy papers were received yesterday, though they were filed last week. He has hired a number of Romney veterans, including Alcivar, Romney communications director Gail Gitcho and his CFO, Bradley Crate, to join his team.


According to the release, an "official kickoff" to his campaign will occur on Feb. 28, the day after the signatures needed to join the ballot are due.

According to the Boston Globe, Gomez is in talks to purchase a number of the 10,000 signatures he will need by Feb. 27 to join the primary ballot in Massachusetts. He will face at least one other primary contender, State Rep. Dan Winslow (R).

Democratic Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch will face off in the April 30 primary.