Gomez to hit Markey over tax votes

Republican Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez will attack Democratic US Representative Edward J. Markey on Tuesday for voting nearly 300 times in favor of higher taxes, a Gomez campaign adviser said.

At an afternoon event in Mattapan, Gomez will argue that Markey’s voting record during 37 years in Congress, including 271 votes in favor of higher taxes, has harmed small businesses. According to his campaign, Gomez will argue for “real tax reform” and a lower corporate tax rate.

“I can understand why Ed Markey thinks the answer to everything is higher taxes and more spending. He’s never had a real job in the real world,” Gomez will argue, according to excerpts provided by his campaign. “He is an out of touch, career Washington politician who has never had to make a payroll or balance a budget.”

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The Gomez adviser said the private equity investor would not commit to a pledge pressed on many national Republicans to oppose any higher taxes.

Markey spokesman Andrew Zucker defended the Congressman. “Ed Markey has voted to enact more than a trillion dollars in tax cuts for small businesses, working families and the middle class. Equally important, he’s stood up to Republicans in Congress by fighting to close corporate tax loopholes, end unnecessary deductions and save $700 billion over ten years by putting a stop to corporate tax evasion that rewards companies for shipping jobs overseas,” Zucker said.

Markey on Friday, under pressure by both the Gomez campaign and media outlets, released tax forms showing that he paid an effective rate of less than 20 percent during the last eight years, and took heavy deductions for mortgage, travel, and car expenses.

Gomez’s latest line of attack comes amid a flurry of different messages from his campaign. Last week, Gomez’s camp hit Markey for the duration of his career in Washington, for a Web video using the images of Osama bin Laden, and for delaying the release of his tax returns.

After Gomez called Markey “pond scum” for the video with the bin Laden images, Markey argued that voters were more interested in policy differences.