WRKO GOP Senate Debate

Leading Massachusetts Republican candidates running for
U.S. Senate joined Howie Carr in studio, April 8 on WRKO

WRKO's Howie Carr brought together the two leading Republican hopefuls - Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez - running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, to AM 680 on Monday, April 8th. On this page below, check out audio & videos as well as photos from the debate, as well as bios on the candidates.

Debate Audio and Videos

WRKO - Town Hall event, March 2, 2013

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Howie Carr kicks off the "Man Up" debate between Republicans Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez, who are both vying for a place on the ballot in the special election for Massachusetts' vacant U.S. Senate seat. Both candidates discuss why they believe they are the most qualified to be the next Senator. There's a lot of back and forth in the conversation and things get a bit heated at times. One of the main points that comes up is a letter Gomez wrote to Deval Patrick, in which he supported Barack Obama.
The debate continues as Gomez and Sullivan ask each other questions they would like to have answered. Gomez poses a question about term limits, while Sullivan goes back to the letter Gomez wrote in support of Obama. They both give their final pitch on why they should be the one to represent the Republican Party on the ballot, with Gomez stressing that he's 'one of you' and Sullivan saying that he's someone who has been tested. There was also a heated back-and-forth between the candidates as time ran out on the debate.

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Gabriel Gomez

Gabriel GomezBio: Gabriel Gomez, 47, was born in Los Angeles and is the son of Colombian immigrants. His upbringing in a grateful, first generation American family instilled in him a duty to give back to his country and led him to successfully seek appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Graduating from Annapolis with merit, Gabriel began his Navy service by earning an invitation to flight school and quickly earned his wings. Gabriel served the country flying E2-C Hawkeyes and C2-A Greyhounds off aircraft carriers.

Gomez is one of a very small number of Americans who have served as both a Navy aircraft carrier pilot and a Navy SEAL officer. Leaving the Navy in 1996, Gabriel went back to school, received his MBA from Harvard Business School and put his leadership and teamwork experience to use in the private sector. As a Principal with Boston-based investment firm Advent International, Gabriel helped pension funds, endowments, and retirement systems invest for their members’ retirement. Settling in Cohasset with his wife Sarah and their four children, Gabriel coaches for the Cohasset Youth Baseball and Softball Association. He has also served as a volunteer on a number of town committees, and is the President of the Navy SEAL Foundation of New England.

Campaign Website: gomezforma.com

Mike Sullivan

Mike SullivanBio: Mike Sullivan and his wife, Terry, live in Abington, Massachusetts, where they raised their four children. Sullivan was born in Boston and grew up in Holbrook before attending Boston College High School, then Boston College. After completing his first year at Boston College, Sullivan left to work as a stock clerk on the factory floor at Gillette. While at Gillette, Sullivan worked his way through college and, eventually, law school at Suffolk University. At Gillette for 16 years, Sullivan moved through various positions (including Human Resources and Manufacturing, among others), eventually serving in executive management roles.

From 1991 to 1995, Sullivan served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he sat on the Education, Local Affairs, Commerce and Labor, Ways and Means and Post Audit and Oversight Committees. Sullivan was then elected Plymouth County District Attorney, leading that office from 1995 through 2001. In 2001, Sullivan was named the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In addition to serving as U.S. Attorney, Sullivan was appointed Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ("ATF"). He served in that role through January 2009. From 2009 through the present, Sullivan has served as a partner at Boston-based Ashcroft-Sullivan.

Campaign Website: mikesullivanforsenate.com