Longshot Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, a venture capitalist and former Navy SEAL, said Sunday that “I’ll succeed in this mission” of defeating Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey for a Senate seat.
Gomez and Markey face off Tuesday in a special election to fill former Sen. John Kerry’s position, who resigned when named secretary of state.
“We can definitely win, Chris, and I’m confident,” Gomez told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “This election’s about putting people before politics.”
Gomez trails the seasoned congressman in the polls but said he would run again in 2014 if defeated.
“It’s a clear choice between me and Congressman Markey,” Gomez said. “He’s had 37 years to prove that he can do this, and he’s not succeeded in that mission. I’m mission-focused.”
The political newcomer said he believes in gay marriage, supports immigration reform and acknowledges global warming, whereas Markey has “never had a history of reaching across the aisle.”
“I am for the immigration reform bill,” Gomez said. “I want to make that group…right now, it’s a group of eight, I want to make it a gang of nine, and I hope Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren joins me and makes it a gang of ten.”
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