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Thomas F. Plaut: Feels track record of candidate Gomez thin

To the editor:

Gabriel E. Gomez is a private equity investor and the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in the 2013 special election in Massachusetts June 25.

He is 47 years old, so had a working life of about 26 years, nine of which were in the military. The only thing that we learned about his military service in a recent debate is that he can hold his urine for more than 12 hours. He did not tell us that he is a private equity investor or give us the rest of his job experience.

Gomez says he has lived the American dream and owns a house. He didn’t tell us that the house is assessed at $2,200,000. He refused to pay $1,000 to an assessor who worked for him five years ago until the matter came up in small claims court recently.

If elected, he would want everything on the table (home mortgage, Social Security and Medicare) as we try to balance the budget. He says Americans should not be satisfied with a federal minimum wage of $10 an hour (it is now $7.25) without acknowledging it would be a big gain for the hundreds of thousands who earn less.

His only electoral experience was losing a race for selectman in 2003. Evidently, Gomez doesn’t know his own position on abortion. It has changed several times. He would not ban assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

I find nothing in Gomez’s record that indicates that he has the character or positions to attract my vote.

Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.

Amherst

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