Massachusetts GOP Senate Candidate goes to Pride

Timothy Kincaid

June 19th, 2013

Next Tuesday there will be an election for US Senate in Massachusetts. This is a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry after his move to Secretary of State.

Although Massachusetts usually sends Democrats to Washington, the GOP nominee, Gabriel Gomez, is within striking distance of his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Ed Markey. And it appears that Gomez, who supports marriage equality and has endorsed ENDA, is far more in line with Massachusetts values than are most Republicans. He may even have forged new ground.

It isn’t surprising that Ed Markey, who has long been a firm supporter of the community, participated in the Boston Pride Parade this year. And it is not at all unusual for Log Cabin to have a presence at Pride Events. However, I am not able to recall any previous time in which the Republican Nominee for Senate from any state had their own booth at a Pride Festival.

Naturally, the wackadoodles over at MassResistence are all kinds of unhappy about this.

Dave H

June 19th, 2013

I commend Gabriel Gomez for showing up at Pride – very few republicans have ever done that.

However, Gomez’s support for marriage equality and ENDA has been tepid, nuanced, and vague. He’ll make a general statement like “I oppose all discrimination” but won’t publicly state a position on specific legislation. He tends to say the things gay people want to hear when he’s talking directly to us, but remain mute on these issues to the overall public.

See http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2013/06/15/if-gabriel-gomez-supports-enda-why-doesnt-he-say-so-publicly/ and http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2013/05/29/us-senate-candidate-gabriel-gomez-answers-my-enda-question-sort-of/

MattNYC

June 19th, 2013

Besides being wicked smaht, Ed Markey has been an ally of ours for MANY years.

Timothy Kincaid

June 19th, 2013

Dave H,

His statement on marriage is on his Gomez for Senate website. In his debate, he said:

But the reality is, you’re running against me, a first-generation American, one who is not afraid to tell his party when they’re wrong. They’re wrong on immigration right now. They’re wrong on gay marriage, wrong on expanded background checks, wrong on the environment, on global warming,” Gomez said.

I don’t think that is either tepid or vague.

As for his response on ENDA, yeah that was less direct in exact words. It sounded like he wasn’t completely sure what the bill was when asked by the reporter, and was trying to state his opposition to discrimination through a personal story.

But when he got the questionnaire he did say he supports ENDA.

I support ENDA, because I do not believe in discrimination of any kind, including discrimination by sexuality

That sounds specific to me and I just don’t think Laurel proves her point. But you may see it differently.

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