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The GOP Jumps Into The Special Election

Republican state Rep. Daniel Winslow talks with reporters outside the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Winslow says he’s “99 percent” likely to run in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Republican state Rep. Daniel Winslow talks with reporters outside the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Winslow says he’s “99 percent” likely to run in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

When former Senator Scott Brown announced recently that he would not be entering the special U.S. Senate election, Massachusetts Republicans began wondering whether their party was going to be represented in the race at all. But now, at least three Republicans are moving toward a run.

Gabriel Gomez, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and a private equity investor from Cohasset, kicked off his campaign today. In a statement and video, Gomez introduces himself in Spanish and English as the son of immigrants who refuses “to be cynical about America’s future,” and who favors spending cuts as “the common sense way to balance the budget.”

Gomez will be running against state Representative Dan Winslow – a former aide to Governor Mitt Romney – and possibly against State Senate minority leader Bruce Tarr, a Republican from Gloucester who’s also considering getting into the race.

With better known, “top tier” Massachusetts Republicans like Scott Brown, William Weld, Kerry Healey and Charlie Baker declining to run, is this an opportunity for lesser known Republicans to breathe new – and possibly, victorious - life into the Massachusetts GOP?

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Richard Tisei, former Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District
Steven Aylward, member of the Massachusetts Republicans Assembly

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Here’s Gabriel Gomez’s announcement video.


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