“Gracias a todos por estar aqui conmigo esta noche.
First, let me take you back in time for a moment….
The year was 1976. 37 years ago. Gerald Ford was President. The internet did not yet exist.
8 track players were big. Boston’s first album had just come out. The first Rocky movie debuted in theaters.
The median price of new homes was 44 thousand dollars. Our national debt, which today is over 16 Trillion, was not even 1 Trillion. Al Gore had not yet invented the internet.
It was a lifetime ago… I was playing little league baseball. …it was when Ed Markey first got elected to Congress.
Let me close with this.
My parents emigrated from Colombia, the year before I was born. They came in hot pursuit of freedom and the American Dream, and they caught it.
I was raised in a typical middle class family in a small town. My folks told me that in America, you can do what you put your mind to.
I have been tremendously blessed. From a kid who didn’t know English until he went to school, I’ve earned everything in my life: From earning my Navy Pilot Wings, to earning my Navy SEAL trident, to earning my way to Harvard Business School and earning a successful career in the private sector.
I will approach this job with a military man’s discipline, a father’s sensitivity and a businessman’s experience.
I look forward to meeting you on the trail, I will earn each vote and I will always fight for you.
Less than a hour after news outlets had declared Markey and Gomez the winners of tonight’s primary, the Markey campaign issued a blistering statement outlining their attack against the GOP nominee.
“Gabriel Gomez is a pro-life Republican who was the spokesman for a Super PAC that attacked President Obama over the killing of Osama bin Laden,” said Markey campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker. “He opposes an assault weapons ban, supports devastating cuts to Social Security, and while he’s running as a ‘businessman,’ he refuses to discuss the 16 years he spent in private equity. A vote for Gabriel Gomez is one more Republican vote against sensible gun laws, Social Security and a woman’s right to choose.
Gabriel Gomez laid himself so wide open to attack from the right on the issue of his support for Obama in 2008 that even the surprisingly sluggish Sullivan camp took advantage of the Gomez gaffe.
It all started this morning when Gomez picked up on a politico story that Congress might be close to a deal excepting themselves and staff from the most costly provisions of Obamacare.
“It seems when Washington politicians finally got around to reading the fine print in Obamacare they didn’t like the costs that it put on themselves and their staff. Now these congressional hypocrites are scheming of ways to exempt themselves from paying for Obamacare – and having taxpayers foot the bill.
In response Sullivan “welcomed Obama supporter Gabriel Gomez” in rejecting the Congressional Obamacare exception.
Sullivan, “My opponent, Gabriel Gomez, who supported President Obama in 2008, has now announced his opposition to this hypocritical exemption for our nation’s leaders. I welcome him, although I would have welcomed him in opposing Barack Obama back in 2008 so that we wouldn’t be facing imposition of Obamacare on anyone today, Gomez said.”
“If our elected officials want to exempt themselves from Obamacare, I have an idea: why don’t they exempt every American from Obamacare while they’re at it,” said Sullivan.
Dan Winslow: “My heart goes out to all those injured at today’s Boston Marathon. My prayers will be with all those affected by this tragedy. I have ordered my campaign to suspend all activities until further notice.”
Stephen Lynch: “I am terribly saddened by today’s news. Right now we need to let the trained emergency personnel do their jobs to ensure that there are no other threats, and that we can get a better sense of what happened. No matter who or what is responsible, this is a terrible tragedy for our city and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured today.”
Mike Sullivan: “Our hearts and prayers are with those injured in today’s horrific explosion during the Boston Marathon and the families of all concerned. I am confident in the combined efforts of the FBI, Boston Police Department, State Police and ATF, in their investigation into these explosions, that sadly have occurred on Patriot’s Day–a day with much local and national symbolism. While the causes of these explosions have not yet been determined, if not accidental, I know these agencies and others will identify those responsible for these horrific and cowardly acts of violence and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. May we together as citizens of the Commonwealth and across this nation pray for all effected by this terrible event.”
Gabriel Gomez who ran the Boston Marathon today:
Thoughts and prayers to all the runners, families and spectators at the Marathon today – keep safe and keep those hurt in your prayers.
Gomez has placed $233,000 of television ads and hopes to add another $100K in the next two weeks. The Gomez camp thinks “Gabriel is in great position to win this thing, if he survives the Boston Marathon on Monday.”
Not exactly prime time. Nothing new from Markey, but I’m told he’ll be live in-studio tonight at 10PM on Dan Rea, WBZ-Radio 1030.
Odd timing? After I posted this GOTV piece in the morning, Sullivan announced by lunchtime that he added Desiree Awiszio as his campaign’s Deputy Campaign Manager for Field Operations. Recently, Awiszio served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Marty Lamb for Congress.
Lynch hits Merricmack Valley Saturday with stops in Lawrence, Dracut, Chelmsford, Lowell, Haverhill and slugs it out with two-time WBA heavyweight champ John Ruiz in Medford. What no Micky Ward? Update: Lynch camp amended schedule drops Medford stop with Ruiz.
The Winslow camp is pushing this video from the debate Wednesday. They want to know if Sullivan won’t answer “because He Is Currently Being Paid By The Gun Lobby?”
While high profile debates and low flying bi-planes grab our attention, the fate of each US Senate campaign now rests in a little known and rarely covered realm of politics, get out the vote or GOTV.
Getting out your vote, starts first with identifying your vote, a process that can easily take several weeks for a special election and in a regularly scheduled election it takes months of preparation and grunt work leading up to the big day.
So it was ominous sign for the Gomez camp Wednesday when a staffer sent out an email declaring that they had “just got in our first batch of phones and are looking to fill some call shifts…As you can imagine, in this shortened primary season, it is even more important to get calls done and ID voters to come out and vote for Gabriel.”
Campaigns often ignore GOTV tasks for more glorious pursuits that staffers [and reporters] no doubt find more intellectually stimulating, glamorous or just plain easier. Hard to see the fun in door knocking on a cold damp March day.
If they’ve been working the phones and doors, as Scott Brown did in 2010, camps should have identified by now a core base of voters highly committed to their candidate on April 30th.
Markey Press Secretary, Andrew Zucker, says the camp has “built the strongest grassroots operation in this state, recruiting more than 5,000 volunteers who have held more than 2,000 voter contact events.”
In a low turnout special election every volunteer hour wasted holding signs is an hour not spent on direct voter contact. Stand outs have a low rate of return, when the special election audience is so small.
On the GOP side, with even a smaller voter pool the race is tougher to read than a Nantucket fog, but one thing is clear the Winslow camp, like Markey, has invested significant resources on GOTV having knocked 6,000 doors and connected 50,000 calls to likely GOP voters.
According to Winslow Communications Director Charlie Pearce, Winslow is the only candidate “in the GOP primary to make a significant investment in a solid ground game. In a campaign that is likely to have only around 200,000 voters this is going to matter. By Election Day we will have personally contacted every likely voter in this state. That will be the difference in our margin of victory.”
Since GOP voters tend to live in suburban neighborhoods phone banking is a more practical direct voter contact tool.
And while the Gomez camp is just now installing phones to conduct voter identification, Alicia Preston of the Sullivan camp said they’ve “knocked on thousands of doors, made thousands of calls, and are very excited with the response we have received.”