WOBURN—Senate hopeful Gabriel E. Gomez today predicted that his campaign would be victorious, regardless of whether he receives help from Washington Republicans. His comments came on the heels of the news that US Senator John McCain of Arizona is scheduled to come to Massachusetts on behalf of Gomez’s campaign.
“I’m my own person and I’m going to win this election with or without D.C.,’ he said at a press conference after a visit to a manufacturing plant in Woburn. Gomez said he was honored to have McCain come to Massachusetts for him, but noted he disagreed with the 2008 GOP presidential nominee on some issues.
He said he would not return money contributed from the political action committee affiliated with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who told the Boston Herald that Gomez must “run as a Navy SEAL and not as a Republican candidate.”
Pressed on whether he would release his 2005 year’s tax returns—the year he took a $281,500 historic tax deduction on his Cohasset home—Gomez reiterated, as he did last week, that he has released six years of returns and indicated he would not release any more.
He also called on his opponent, Democratic US Representative Edward J. Markey, to release tax his tax returns.
“The bottom line is: I’ve been 100 percent transparent,” he said. “I have yet to see a single tax return from Congressman Markey.”
Gomez said “people need to be held accountable” for growing controversy about the IRS targeting small-government groups for greater scrutiny. “I completely agree with President Obama on this and we need to get to the bottom of this,” he said, after being asked whether he shared the President’s anger about the issue.
Gomez, wearing his signature green Navy flight jacket and a Red Sox tie, spoke to the press after touring The Custom Group, a company that manufactures aerospace, medical and commercial parts. He greeted workers and seemed at ease touring the factory floor.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.