Mass. GOP Senate hopeful seeks distance from party
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) -- On the infrequent occasions that Republicans enjoy electoral success in Massachusetts, it's usually because a candidate can convince voters he or she isn't too closely aligned with the national GOP.
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is using such an approach in his campaign against longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey.
During a recent campaign appearance in Newton, Gomez listed a number of issues in which he disagrees with many conservative Republicans, including gay marriage, climate change and immigration reform.
He says Democrats are using their "typical playbook" to paint him with the national party.
State Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh says he doesn't blame Gomez for trying to distance himself. But he cites many issues in which Gomez backs party leaders, including abortion and opposition to a federal assault weapons ban.