On the same night Republican Gabriel E. Gomez faced off for the first time against Democrat Edward J. Markey in a debate, the GOP candidate launched a new television ad in his race for US Senate. The upbeat 30-second spot focuses on his biography, does not mention his opponent and emphasizes that the former Navy SEAL is “a new kind of Republican.’’
“For a kid who didn’t know English until he went to school,’’ Gomez says at the beginning of the ad, in footage from his primary night victory speech, “I’ve lived the American Dream.’’
The ad then layers a series of local TV news reporters talking about the Cohasset Republican.
“Aircraft carrier pilot and Navy SEAL, Harvard Business School grad,’’ a male reporter says.
The spot then cuts to more of Gomez’s primary night victory speech.
“If you’re looking for a slick-talking politician, I’m definitely not your guy,’’ Gomez says.
Markey recently launched his own new ad that attempted to undercut Gomez’s message that he is different from the national GOP.
The new Gomez ad is a recut of a web video that the campaign released about a month ago. Gomez spokesman Will Ritter declined to specify how much the campaign was spending on the spot.
The two candidates faced off tonight in feisty debate sponsored by WBZ and the Boston Globe.
Voters will go to the polls on June 25.