Gomez Leans On Military Past In Mass. Senate Race

June 15, 2013 2:16 PM
Gomez Leans On Military Past In Mass. Senate Race
" BOSTON (AP) — It’s a small group of potential voters but one that Gabriel Gomez is clearly at ease with — about two dozen people who gathered in a recreation room at the Chelsea Soldiers Home to hear a fellow veteran discuss his uphill fight to become the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

Gomez, wearing his trademark olive green bomber jacket, chats with the vets about the type of aircraft he piloted before becoming a Navy SEAL and the need to improve health care for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

He describes his hectic campaign schedule in military terms: “Reveille was 05:00 for me today,” he explains. And his quest to defeat Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in the June 25 special election often sounds more like a military endeavor.

“Where we come from, you’re mission focused,” he tells the group. “You accomplish your mission, and that’s what you’re focused on.”

He continues: “You don’t have 37 years to accomplish a mission.” It’s a dig at Markey’s long tenure in Congress and a reminder of his own pledge to serve no more than two full terms if elected "

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