Abuse of government power and a lack of transparency has people looking for a new face in the Senate, says Gabriel Gomez, who has captured the GOP nomination for the seat vacated by John Kerry when he was named Secretary of State.
"It's this total dysfunction down in DC," Gomez tells Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show." Gomez faces Democratic Rep. Ed Markey in the special general election on June 25.
Gomez considers himself a change to the career politician he is seeking to replace, and to the one he is running against. He has the lead among Independents, who are half of all registered voters in Massachusetts.
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"Everywhere we go, there is a large sense of enthusiasm not just from Independents, but Republicans and Democrats that find themselves with a pretty clear choice," Gomez said, "somebody who's got real experience."
Gomez is a former Navy SEAL and a Harvard MBA graduate whose parents immigrated from Colombia.
He called Benghazi, in which two former SEALs lost their lives along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American, an "absolute disgrace."
Last week's hearings were criticized as partisan by some, but the investigation should not be political, Gomez said. "It's a disgrace that we can't have both sides working to get to the bottom of what happened. … There's still way too many questions that are unanswered to determine whether there is a cover-up or not, but this would be one of the main focuses that I'll have when I get down to D.C."
It's the economy that occupies the minds of his constituents, he said. People he meets on the campaign trail are worried either their jobs and whether they can keep their current healthcare, as they were promised.
But the trio of scandals facing the White House in the past week has put "an incredible chill" on Americans, he said. "We don’t live in Iran or North Korea. This is not at all what the people expect from their government."
Gomez spent nine years in the military "protecting and defending the Constitution," he noted. "It's a freedom my parents came to this country for."
To find that the government has violated that guarantee of equal protection "just burns me up, and it burns up every average American out there."
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