n Massachusetts, former U.S. Navy SEAL Republican Gabriel E. Gomez announced Tuesday a senatorial bid for the special election to replace the seat held by John Kerry, the Democrat who is now secretary of state.
Gomez, also a private-equity investor, now has until Feb. 27 to get 10,000 voter signatures in order to get into the April 30 Republican primary, The Boston Globe reported Monday. He’ll be up against former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney aide Daniel Winslow, also a state representative.
“In my military career, at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a Navy aircraft carrier pilot and as a Navy SEAL, I learned one thing above all else — serving others is more important than being served,” Gomez said in a public statement.
He added: “As I look at Washington, I see a lot of unproductive noise and bickering, and I see two parties attacking each other at all times over every issue. I see gridlock; I see a partisan atmosphere where very few are willing to work together.”
The special election is June 25. For the Democrats, Rep. Ed Markey is the front-runner — he’s got the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Kerry and Vicki Kennedy. He’s up against Rep. Stephen Lynch in the Democratic primary.
Gomez’s announcement comes after weeks of speculation about who would run on the right. Many expected former Sen. Scott Brown to make another run — he lost to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, in November.
When Brown passed, Romney’s son Tagg Romney was also rumored to be considering running. He, too, declined.