Gabriel Gomez joins board of conservative, gay coalition

Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, who lost last month’s special US Senate election, is set to join the board of directors of GOProud, a national conservative group that bills itself as a coalition of gay and lesbian conservatives and their allies.

In a statement released by GOProud, Gomez said he was honored to join the board of the organization and looks forward to getting out the group’s message of “free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.”

“I often said during my campaign that I did not support any type of discrimination and groups like GOProud are important...as we expand the conservative movement,” Gomez said.

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In a separate interview, Gomez confirmed to the Globe that he would indeed be joining the group.

A spokesman for GOProud, Ross Hemminger, said the organization has spent money advocating for candidates in past elections and plans to do the same in the 2014 cycle. He said the organization looked to back candidates who believe “gay people should have a place at the table in the Republican Party.”

Gomez has said he is considering another run for office. His involvement with GOProud likely indicates an interest in expanding his visibility to a certain swath of fiscally conservative, socially moderate voters, while bolstering his gay rights bona fides.