Republican Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez is running the Boston Marathon today, hoping to drum up some publicity for his campaign and bask in the glow of one of the city’s premier events.
To that end, the wealthy private equity investor and onetime Navy SEAL has scheduled a number of campaign stops along the 26.2-mile route.
He held a “pre-marathon gathering with supporters” in Hopkinton, and has planned a “halfway-there Women for Gomez support section” in Wellesley, and a post-marathon press conference near the finish line in Copley Square.
Meanwhile, aides to Gomez are sending out tweets in honor of a local veteran for every mile Gomez runs.
But one of Gomez’s Republican rivals isn’t standing on the sidelines and applauding.
State Representative Daniel B. Winslow today launched gomezisrunning.com, a website that that declares “Gomez is running... for the Obama agenda,” and includes a copy of the letter Gomez wrote to Governor Deval Patrick, asking the governor to appoint him to the interim Senate seat in January. In that letter, Gomez pledged to support Obama’s stances on gun control and immigration, policy positions he now opposes on the campaign trail.
“At least in this kind of race Gabriel Gomez knows what direction to run towards,” said Charles Pearce, a Winslow spokesman.
This is Gomez’s fifth marathon, but first time running Boston. The Boston Athletic Association’s website showed the 47-year-old Cohasset resident started out the race quickly—running a 7:54 mile for the first 5 kilometers—before slowing to a 11:05 mile as he crossed the 35-kilometer mark.
Gomez qualified for the marathon in 2011 and said he signed up before he entered the special election to replace John F. Kerry, who left to become US secretary of state.
Gomez is also competing with former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan for the Republican nomination. US Representatives Stephen F. Lynch and Edward J. Markey are vying for the Democratic nod. The parties’ nominees will face off in the general election June 25.