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Former Navy SEAL Loses Bid For MA Senate

June 26, 2013

Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez was defeated on Tuesday in his bid to become the next Senator from Massachusetts. His military service was a central part to the narrative of his campaign but when all was said and done he was bested by 37 year congressman Ed Markey.


BOSTON – Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in a special election on Tuesday for the state’s U.S. Senate seat long held by John Kerry.

Markey, 66, won the early backing of Kerry and much of the state’s Democratic political establishment, which was set on avoiding a repeat of the stunning loss it suffered three years ago, when Republican state Sen. Scott Brown upset Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the election to replace the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL, positioned himself as a moderate and Washington outsider who would challenge partisan gridlock, contrasting himself with Markey, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.