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Gomez Leans on Military Past in Senate Race

GomezBOSTON (AP) — Republican Gabriel Gomez has made his military background a cornerstone of his campaign in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race.

He served in the Navy for nine years, first as a pilot and later as a member of the elite SEAL team.

He recently told a group of veterans that his campaign is “mission-focused” and said his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, has failed to accomplish his mission in his 37 years in Congress.

A political unknown before entering the race to succeed John Kerry, Gomez lives in Cohasset with his wife and four children.

After leaving the military, he began a lucrative career with a private equity firm.

Gomez has sought to position himself as a moderate, but Democrats say he shares many of the same views as conservative Republicans.