In just the latest example of the Massachusetts Republican Party imploding, former Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez has made some less than kind remarks about two republican activists in the state. It seems Gomez took offense to a remark one, or both of them, didn’t make and called the two members of the Klan. Yes that is Klan with a “K”.
The whole incident started over a letter to the editor in the “Worcester Telegram” critical of Obamacare, the president and the democrat heir apparent Hillary Clinton. In this letter there was no mention of Gomez. Chris Pinto, a republican political activist posted the letter on his Facebook page, again saying nothing about Gomez to which Gomez responded with:
“I thank God every day for people like Chris Pinto and Rob Eno because they serve as perfect examples for my kids of who and what not to be when they grow up... the level of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small "Klan" are an embarrassment to our civil society. Merry Christmas.”
The other person mentioned is Rob Eno who writes a blog called “Red Mass Group” about republican politics in Massachusetts. Soon after posting Gomez removed the Facebook post, unfortunately for Gomez the damage had been done.
For some background on this Gabriel Gomez ran as a republican in the recent special election to replace long time senator, John Kerry, against Ed Markey(D), a sitting congressman. Gomez lost by 10 points. Gomez was backed by the mainstream Massachusetts Republican Party and both Pinto and Eno in the special election. However in the republican primary, many, including Eno and Pinto did not support him, believing he was not a true conservative as he claimed. When Gomez won the nomination with the help of a lot of money from the state party, both endorsed him and worked to help him get elected. Obviously this meant nothing to Gomez.
Why didn’t these gentlemen and many others not support Gomez in the primary, and by the results in the final election, many didn’t support him then either? Gabriel Gomez has shown time and time again he is really a democrat who believes in the ideals of the party. He supported Barack Obama and Deval Patrick, both democrats, even donating to their campaigns. He later tried to claim he didn’t support Obama but the evidence shows otherwise. He was also criticized for being too liberal. Gomez is the kind of candidate which is causing the republican party to implode.
Yesterday morning on “Boston Herald Radio”, Gomez said he had no regrets about calling Eno and Pinto Klan members and he also said he was not switching parties. There is some speculation Gomez may run for state office or try again for the Senate in a regular election. Later in the day however, he did post an apology on Facebook. Saying he used inappropriate language but that was pretty much it.
This goes to a deeper problem within the Republican Party in Massachusetts. There has been a split in the party, similar to what is happening at the national level, where the “establishment” section of the party continues to back candidates who are more like democrats than republicans believing this is how the party can win in the state. Each election cycle they can’t understand why they keep losing and continue to find more and more liberal candidates to run as republicans. The problem is this strategy has not worked. The other section of the party believes the state needs to find true conservative republicans to run for office pointing to the results in many of the local elections where such candidates have run strongly and even won in these races. The establishment refuses to support these candidates putting them at a disadvantage.
Even in the upcoming race for Governor the two favorites, Charlie Baker, who lost in 2010 and his Lt. Governor candidate Karen Polito, are already changing their positions to be more in line with what democrats want. For example Polito has gone from being “pro-life” to being “pro-choice.” They refuse to give up on this strategy.
With this latest move Gomez has managed to alienate many republicans and certainly many of those who, even though they didn’t necessarily believe in his positions, worked tirelessly trying to get him elected further dividing and imploding the republican party. If he runs again, even if only for local dog catcher, he won’t see this support. Perhaps he should do with the other well know republican turned democrat, Scott Brown and take all the money he raised from Massachusetts Republicans and move to New Hampshire?
Commentary by Paul Roy.
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