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Gabriel Gomez
Rich guy Gabriel Gomez
As the Republican nominee in the special election in Massachusetts, political newcomer Gabriel Gomez is truly following the template of former Sen. Scott Brown, down to his financial industry campaign contributors.
A ThinkProgress review of Gomez’s campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission reveals that in addition to more than $600,000 in candidate loans to his committee, he has reported about $646,000 in identified contributions through April. Of that, about half (roughly $330,000) came from investors, bankers, and the like. More than $35,000 of that came from his former colleagues at Advent International and another $12,900 came from investors with various affiliates of Mitt Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital.

An analysis by David S. Bernstein, a former Boston Phoenix journalist, also found that an additional $44,550 came from spouses of those investors, who listed no occupations of their own.

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Gomez himself is a private equity investor, a very wealthy private equity investor. According to ThinkProgress, he made more than $993,000 last year in salary and bonuses. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that his biggest donors are also wealthy financial industry types. It also shouldn't come as a surprise that Gomez thinks the Dodd-Frank should be repealed. Wall Street lost their most useful tool in D.C. when Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown. In Gomez, they have a potential replacement.

Another Senate race in Massachusetts is pitting Wall Street versus Main Street. Let's make sure this one goes the right way, too.

Please donate $3 to Ed Markey for Senate.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:30:04 AM PDT

  •  Scott Brown wrapped in the faded glory of the (5+ / 0-)

    Cruz and Rubio con game in the person of one G. Gomez.  Mr. Markey will be a formidable leader in the Senate.  Gomez merely a super star, the opening song for Cruz and Rubio's next tour:  "We Love America, It's Americans We Don't Like."
    Markey is a proud liberal/progressive from small urban town with grit like Boston (near Boston).
    Can't wait to see the 'Terrific Duo' hit it hard for Americans; Elizabeth Warren, sometimes derisively called "Grandma",  by adversaries will now have new super ally in Mr. Markey.  

    Next stop change, USA.  

  •  Pantano had a similar resume... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Yeah, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    scott5js, bumbi, Laconic Lib

    ...nobody filled a centerfold like Scott Brown.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:47:51 AM PDT

  •  of, by and for (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Laconic Lib, bumbi, yella dawg

    the 1%.

    but the real question is how many miles does he have on his truck?

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:48:00 AM PDT

  •  Ugly sweater IMHO. Good enough reason to.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...send Markey another few bucks.

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:49:39 AM PDT

  •  If Obama is impeached? (1+ / 0-)
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    Would Gomez vote to remove him from office?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:53:21 AM PDT

  •  I'm taking a pass... (1+ / 0-)
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    on donating to this race...this seat was needlessly vacated. I hope we hold it but I'm not funding it.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Wed May 08, 2013 at 09:59:18 AM PDT

  •  Republicans play the same game (2+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib, yella dawg

    get a pretty young fresh face no one's ever heard of before, feed him the "commonsense" "centrist" "aw shucks" Frank Luntz-tested sound bites and pour a bazillion dollars into his campaign.

    Gomez is a former Navy Seal (good for him) with an interesting back story. He got his job at a firm that never hires anyone not from Wall St. - wonder how or why that happened?

    And now they'll try to fresh face him into the Senate to do their bidding...then he'll get kicked to the curb and go on Fox and make millions.

    Republican politics of today is exactly that same things we were shaking our heads over in the 80's whenever 60 Minutes did an expose on one of the charlatan preachers. That's all it is.

  •  This guy has a lot of baggage (4+ / 0-)

    Gabriel Gomez, a new kind of Republican?

    One way in which Dems will seek to undercut Gomez’s “new kind of Republican” posture will be with his work attacking Obama over Bin Laden. As Jed Lewison notes, the Republican National Committee is working furiously to downplay Gomez’s role with a right wing Super PAC that accused Obama of leaking classified info to hog credit for Bin Laden’s death. But Markey is holding a presser today to again hammer Gomez’s role. The argument: It’s not terribly convincing that Gomez is now posing as a “new kind of Republican” less than a year after playing a lead role in the high profile “swift boating” of President Obama. The question is whether this will successfully tie Gomez to the national party in a blue state at a moment when its numbers are in the toilet — which is, of course, exactly what Gomez is trying to avoid.
    Notice they link to Jed Lewison.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:09:15 AM PDT

  •  Thank you from Mass, Joan! (3+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg, bumbi, fenway49

    Those of us on the ground here in Mass -- who worked our tails off for Elizabeth Warren -- are working super hard to get Ed Markey elected. We have much less time to accomplish the same goal so we need all the help we can get! And now we're up against Romney 2.0 aka Gabriel Gomez who's getting insanely uncritical media coverage here in state.

    Thanks to any and all who can donate $ so that the Markey campaign will have the resources to fight the anticipated avalanche of Rove/Koch ad spending that is sure to come between now and June 25!

    If you're on the ground here in Mass and you can volunteer some time -- even 1 hour of knocking doors or making phone calls is hugely helpful -- here's the link to sign up:

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:09:23 AM PDT

  •  He looks like the Nutty Professor (1+ / 0-)
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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:09:46 AM PDT

  •  Why is it that Democrats have to work hard (2+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib, destiny1

    to maintain a "liberal" seat, while here in Texas, a candidate only has to attach an "R" to his or her name to get elected?

    "But the problem with any ideology is that it gives the answer before you look at the evidence." - President Clinton

    by anonevent on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:14:52 AM PDT

    • in point...Sanford. (0+ / 0-)

      Missing in action,  ethics violation,  lingering scandal and

      yet the 'VALUES' CONSERVATIVES put him right back into

      office.  The same crowd who will claim in an instant that

      President Obama is destroying America!

      I betcha anything that Markey has a 50/50 chance of

      winning this seat, you know, MA being a blue state and all.

      Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by destiny1 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 11:48:35 AM PDT

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      •  Precisely! (0+ / 0-)

        Who was Clinton's worst critic over the Monica affair---wait for it----Mark Sanford! It's funny that he wasn't so in to being accepting of people's flaws then. He was part of the self-righteous band of Rethugs like Newt and Bob Livingston who were impeaching Bill Clinton while at the same time carrying on full-fledged affairs! I heard Chris Matthews say the other day that neither party has a lock on moral rectitude and I wanted to puke! Not only are there far more instances of Rethugs with rank hypocrisy over their moral failings but the whole point is that Dems don't promote themselves as the religious, family values party---that's the point! Rethugs say they are for family values but we find that they do all sorts of morally questionable things and then they make excuses for them, like Sanford, Vitter, and on and on. Oh yeah, Matthews also put Anthony Weiner in the same category as Sanford and Newt. Since when is showing a picture in your underwear equal to having a full on extramarital affair? If Weiner had not lied and tried to cover up, he'd still be in office. Sure he was a jerk to post the picture and wrong to carry-on with women online, but let's not compare it to hiking the Appalachian trail.

    •  Work Hard (0+ / 0-)

      Why? Because Dems have not learned that people operate off of emotion. We Dems think that everyone is rational and can clearly see what Repubs are doing. Markey has the playbook provided to him by Mark Sanford. When everyone criticized Sanford for using a cardboard cut-out of Pelosi, I said that he just ensured his victory. Repubs have so demonized Pelosi that she is the most vilified leader in Congress and she has virtually no power. Meanwhile, John Boehner gets a pass from Dems even though he is one of the most partisan people in DC. Dems say things like he would do more to make deals if not for the tea party wing--this lets him off the hook. Markey should wrap Gomez around the necks of McConnell and Boehner and the tea party so that Dems in Mass won't be fooled again by poll tested slight of hand like Scott Brown used to get elected. Dems should show in stark terms what Repubs do when they get in power---they block Obama's nominees, hold the US economy hostage, even in the face of the worst recession since 1929, and on and on. Dems should stop trying to be so even handed and use the starkest terms possible so that Dems won't have the wool pulled over their eyes again!

    •  4-6 years of Democrats doing (0+ / 0-)

      what they can in Washington and people getting tired or despairing of it.

      Basically, all the obvious/easy and popular improvements Democrats sided with and stood for in 2006-12 have been passed into law.  Now it's all about either currently intractable stuff (financial, guns, poverty) or stuff that is sort of airy-fairy and premature or immature (climate change, energy, environment, campaign finance).

  •  Let's call it like it is. (3+ / 0-)

    Gomez himself is a private equity investor thief, a very wealthy private equity investor thief. According to ThinkProgress, he made stole more than $993,000 last year in salary and bonuses. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that his biggest donors co-conspirators are also wealthy financial industry types thieves. It also shouldn't come as a surprise that Gomez thinks that Dodd-Frank theft should be repealed legal.

    The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

    by shoeless on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:18:08 AM PDT

  •  Do I need to worry about this race? (2+ / 0-)
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    ratcityreprobate, bumbi

    I have really bad memories of Scott Brown's victory in 2010. I don't want to go through that again.

  •  But will Gomez have debt collectors make calls? (0+ / 0-)

    -6.62, -5.95. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    by Theodoric of York Medieval Liberal on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:29:16 AM PDT

  •  My local rag, The Springfield (MA) (3+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib, yella dawg, bumbi

    Republican, has a front page article about Sullivan endorsing Gomez. This same paper ran fluff piece after fluff piece for Brown. I knew they would do the same for Gomez. And they have already begun.

    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:51:40 AM PDT

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