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Meet the Republicans Aiming to Be the Next Scott Brown

According to the political-filing tracking site Green Papers, there are now four Republicans who have filed papers for the special Senate election up in Massachusetts: Doug Bennett, former Ashland selectman Jon Fetherston, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, and state representative Dan Winslow.

The Democrats will have a tough primary between two current House members, Stephen F. Lynch and Ed Markey.

The nascent Gomez campaign is touting the good early reviews for their man:

“He’s announcing himself in Spanish first, just as he learned to speak it first. But personal narrative aside, his emphasis will likely appeal to a Republican Party that’s striving to find ways to address the fact that Latinos made up 10 percent of the 2012 electorate . . .” (Eric Randall, “Gabriel Gomez’s First Words as a Senate Candidate Are in Spanish,” Boston Magazine, 02/12/13)

“Gomez’ message of bipartisanship is similar to that of Brown, who lost his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.” (Joe Battenfeld & Hillary Chabot, “Ex-Navy SEAL Officially Launches Senate Campaign,” Boston Herald, 02/12/13)

“The next Scott Brown? Ex-Navy SEAL, son of Columbian immigrants enters #MASEN race.” (Josh Kraushaar, Twitter, 02/12/13)

“Gomez is the son of Colombian immigrants, and he begins and ends a Web video announcing his candidacy by speaking in Spanish. In the video, Gomez touts his outsider credentials, declaring his intention to run ‘a very different kind of campaign.’” (Sean Sullivan, “Gabriel Gomez Launches Massachusetts Senate Bid,” Washington Post, 02/12/13)

“My @BostonHerald story on Gabriel Gomez announcing US Sen camp….in Spanish first. Good first move by GOP.” (Joe Battenfeld, Twitter, 02/12/13)


“Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the kind of candidate that the national Republican Party wants to see more often.” (Catalina Camia, “GOP’s Gabriel Gomez Joins Mass. Senate Race,” USA Today, 02/12/13)

“Gomez could provide Republicans not only with a credible candidate in the race, but also give them another potentially compelling voice as the party pursues outreach to Hispanic voters.” (Elahe Izadi, “Is Gabriel Gomez the Next Scott Brown?” National Journal, 02/13/13)

Cue up your “Addams Family” jokes.

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