But his support of Obama in 2008 and his donations to other Democrats, including $1,000 to liberal Alan Kahezei for the US Senate in 2009 could hurt him in a GOP primary fight. He has also donated to Republicans, including $2,500 to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign
His involvement with a conservative political action committee last year that was sharply critical of Obama’s treatment of the military could also prove embarrassing. The group, OPSEC, argued that Obama was politicizing sensitive national security information after the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The group aired an attack ad that featured a former SEAL, Ben Smith, an outspoken critic of Obama, who has said the president is a socialist who was not born in the America. Others associated with OPSEC also held similar opinions.
Gomez did not return a call Monday seeking comment about his candidacy.
Meanwhile, another controversial figure from recent GOP races, Jack E. Robinson, took out nomination papers to run for the Senate as an independent. He has run twice before for statewide office, once against Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 2000 and for secretary of state in 2002.
On the Democratic side Monday, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone — who had said over the weekend he was exploring a run — announced he would not be entering the race.
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