GOP's Gomez: Markey is 'pond scum'

Massachusetts GOP Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez is furious with how Rep. Edward Markey's (D-Mass.) campaign has portrayed him — and isn't mincing words, calling Markey "dirty and low" and "pond scum" in a local interview.


"You know I've got four young kids, and they gotta sit there and gotta see an ad with their dad, who's a SEAL, who served honorably, talk to anybody I served with — whether as a pilot or as a SEAL, anybody I worked with," Gomez said in an interview at the Newtown Needham Chamber of Commerce. "And for him to be as dirty and low, pond scum, to like put me up there next to Bin Laden, he's just gotta be called what he is. That simple."

The unusually personal attack came as Gomez defended an ad of his that said Markey had compared him to Bin Laden and blamed him for the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Markey, in his ad, said only that Gomez is "is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting," not personally blaming him for the tragedy. Markey's video that included Bin Laden was attacking Gomez for backing a group that criticized President Obama, but doesn't compare Gomez and bin Laden directly.

Andrew Zucker, Markey's press secretary, said Gomez had reached a "new low" after spending the past week "leveling completely baseless attacks" on the Democratic candidate's record on national security. 

"Unfortunately for Gomez, his desperate attack will do nothing to distract from his opposition to an assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity magazines, or his refusal to release his 2005 tax return that would reveal how much he pocketed from taking a questionable $280,000 tax break on his Cohasset home," Zucker said. 

National Democrats said the comments show Gomez is "losing control" of his campaign. 

"It’s pretty obvious that Gabe Gomez is a candidate losing control simply because he can’t handle the fact that his ads have repeatedly been proven false and the more Massachusetts voters know about him the more clear it becomes that Ed Markey is the best choice," said Justin Barasky, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

The election to fill the seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John Kerry is June 25. Polls show Markey has the edge in the race, but he isn't viewed as a lock for the seat.

Updated at 9:14 a.m.