SCITUATE—A laidback Gabriel E. Gomez took to the campaign trail today on the South Shore sporting New Balance sneakers and a bullish outlook on the election five days from now.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about where we are. I know that our enthusiasm is high,” the former Navy SEAL said before running the more than three miles to the VFW post in his home town of Cohasset.
A few supporters trailed Gomez as he ran along Route 3A and side streets. A Boston Globe reporter also ran with Gomez on his jog. The private equity investor, who added frequent runs to his campaign schedule with races including the Boston Marathon, said that fitness is an essential part of his life.
“Honestly, it sets your tempo, it keeps you healthy,” he said of his runs.
Gomez said he thought the government could play a role in educating citizens about the benefits of fitness and lauded initiatives from former President George H. W. Bush and President Obama.
Gomez indicated that, should he be elected to the Senate and Tuesday, he would look for fellow Senators who could become his running buddies while he was in Washington.
In the interview on the run, Gomez also repeatedly bemoaned the negativity of the television ads run by the Markey campaign and its allies, which he called “deceptive and misleading.”
Ads about Gomez’s stances on issues like gun control have been in heavy rotation in the Boston media market.
Gomez, who has four children, said “unfortunately they see quite a bit” of the ads against him.
“In an ideal world, you’d be able to hide it from them, but we live in a world where everything is out there,” he said.
“That’s a thing we’ve had to discuss with our kids, saying ‘You’re going to see a bunch of stuff out there, but that’s not your dad.’ They know who I am,” he said.
On the run, much of it through the town he has lived in for more than a decade, he received a friendly reception, with an occasional honk and wave from passing drivers. He flashed the peace sign to passing cars and a fire engine that rumbled by.
Jogging past a police officer directing traffic by a construction site, Gomez grabbed the officer’s hand. “I need your vote on June 25,” he said quickly. The officer looked surprised.
Gomez has no other public events or events open to the media scheduled today. A campaign aide said Gomez was also taping media interviews and doing a fundraiser.
Democrat Edward J. Markey has led Gomez in recent polling ahead of Tuesday’s contest.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.