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August 20, 2014

Gomez Catches House GOP’s Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Gomez Catches House GOPs Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Walden, the NRCC chairman, has expressed interest in Gomez running for the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House GOP’s campaign chief expressed interest in Republican Gabriel Gomez running in Massachusetts’ 9th District next year against Democratic Rep. William Keating.

Gomez lost to Democrat Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election for Senate last month. But the former Navy SEAL’s candidacy caught the attention of the national GOP — including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

“He did outperform Markey in the [9th District] by 7 points,” Walden told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday interview. “That got our attention.”

The Oregon Republican cautioned that he had not yet reached out to Gomez about the House race, calling it “a little too early to have that conversation, you know, when you’re coming off a bruising Senate run.”

But it’s clear that Gomez is not finished with Bay State politics. He indicated the loss was not the end of his political career in his June 25 concession speech.

Republicans have speculated that Gomez could run against Markey again in 2014, when he will seek a full six-year Senate term. They also suggested Gomez could enter the Bay State’s open gubernatorial contest in 2014.

A consultant for Gomez’s Senate bid said he had not spoken to him since the election to ask about his future plans, but he said Gomez “has a very bright future” in politics.

In 2012, Keating won a second term by 27 points. President Barack Obama also carried the district in 2012 with 55 percent.

The 9th District is rated a Safe Democrat seat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Bob McCue

    Gomez lives in the 8th congressional district which is represented by Stephen Lynch…Double fact checking fail.

  • Kevin Bard

    “….but he said Gomez “has a very bright future” in politics.” I guess it doesn’t take much to have a bright future in Republican politics these days.

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