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April 24, 2013

Gomez: I've lived American dream

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After leaving the Navy, Gomez graduated from Harvard Business School and entered the world of private equity.

He eventually landed a job at the Boston-based investment firm Advent International, where he’s worked on pension funds and retirement systems. He’s also helped launch regional businesses like apparel company Lululemon onto the national stage. He resigned to run for Senate.

Gomez says he’s a model of how Republicans can broaden their appeal to independent and Democratic voters by talking about basic GOP principles like fiscal discipline and smaller government.

“It’s strong coming from someone who grew up just like them,” Gomez said.

While Gomez has adopted conservative economic policies, he’s also embraced more moderate social policies.

He supports gay marriage, but says it should be decided state by state. He personally opposes abortion, citing his Catholic faith, but hasn’t advocated overturning Roe v. Wade.

He said some his beliefs come from personal experience. He recalled one of his best friends in the Naval Academy who was forced out after acknowledging he was gay after being asked even though he was ranked third out of a class of more than 1,000.

“I would have been very proud to serve with this young man anywhere, anyhow, anyplace,” Gomez said.

Gomez’s campaign has hit bumps, most notably a letter he sent to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick in January asking to be appointed to the Senate seat on an interim basis.

In the letter Gomez pledged to support President Barack Obama’s positions on guns and immigration. He’s since taken positions at odds with Obama and said he was simply offering to serve his country.

Gomez said he supports expanded background checks but opposes an assault weapons ban.

“If they pass all the checks and they’re qualified to use a weapon, I don’t think we need to restrict what kind of weapon they use,” he said.

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