Gabriel E. Gomez, who was the Republican nominee in this year’s special US Senate election, explored his political prospects in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, but stayed noncommittal about which office he might seek.
“I’m looking at a lot of different things,” including private-sector options, Gomez said in a telephone interview. He called state treasurer, the office some Massachusetts Republicans hope he runs for, one he would consider.
Gomez’s visit, first reported by Politico and on the same day that his former rival Senator Edward J. Markey delivered his maiden speech on the floor of the Senate, stirred speculation about a rematch. One adviser said Gomez has received entreaties from both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which recruit Senate and House candidates, respectively.
And Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and private-equity investor, had meetings on Capitol Hill, but told the Globe he is in no hurry to make a decision about what to run for, or whether to run.
“I’m not trying to find a race to run, I’m not looking for a political race,” Gomez said.
On Wednesday night, Gomez said, he was planning to attend a Navy SEAL Foundation dinner at the home of Mary Ourisman, an ambassador to several Caribbean countries under President George W. Bush.
Leonardo Alcivar, Gomez’s lead strategist, said Gomez collected political intelligence in Washington in preparation for a possible second candidacy.
“He wants to get a sense of what they think of the political landscape,” Alcivar said, “Two, he wants to say thanks for their help last time. Outside of that, we’re talking to people who understand the raw politics of electoral math, so, if he decides he wants to serve again, he has a strong plan that would be ready to go and enacted from day one.”
One campaign that did not appear to interest Gomez—who said he is not currently employed—was one for lieutenant governor, running alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker.
“That’s something that I would talk to him about,” Gomez said of Baker. “But it’s not high on my list.”