- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2013

Massachusetts Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is outraged at how his Democratic contender, Rep. Ed Markey, is portraying him, accusing Ed Markey of low-blow politics that cross ethical lines.

“You know, I’ve got four young kids and they gotta sit there and gotta see an ad with their dad, who’s a SEAL, who served honorably, talk to anybody I served with … and for him to be as dirty and low, pond scum, to like put me up there next to bin Laden, he’s just gotta be called what he is. That simple,” said Mr. Gomez, the GOP nominee for the senate seat, in The Hill.

Mr. Gomez said Mr. Markey’s recent ad blamed him for the Newtown, Conn., shootings and portrayed him as akin to Osama bin Laden.

The ad specifically stated that Mr. Gomez “is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting,” and portrayed at one point an image of bin Laden – but did not specifically draw a parallel with words, The Hill reported. And Mr. Markey’s people are hitting back.

The Democrat’s press secretary criticized Mr. Gomez for hitting a “new low” with a week’s worth of “completely baseless attacks,” The Hill reported.

“Unfortunately, for Gomez, his desperate attack will do nothing to distract from his opposition to an assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity magazines,” Andrew Zucker, Mr. Markey’s press secretary, said in The Hill.