The Washington Times - July 30, 2013, 10:13AM

Republican Gabriel Gomez, who recently lost to U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in a special election to fill the seat of Secretary of State John Kerry, is joining the board of GOProud, a national advocacy group for gay and straight Republicans and conservatives.

Mr. Gomez said in a statement that he’s “honored” to join the group’s board of directors.

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“I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the GOProud board and staff, reaching out to young voters, conservative activists and lawmakers with our message of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility,” he said. “I often said during my campaign that I did not support any type of discrimination and groups like GOProud are important, now more than ever, as we expand the conservative movement.”

Mr. Markey defeated Mr. Gomez by about 10 points in the low-turnout special election last month, but the move could indicate that Mr. Gomez, a former investment banker and Navy SEAL, plans to stay active in electoral politics in deep-blue Massachusetts.