On the eve of Tuesday night’s special election, Scott Brown is hoping to recreate that same special election magic he generated in 2010 for Republican Gabriel Gomez.
The former Republican senator will hold a rally with the GOP nominee on Monday, according a Gomez campaign aide. Brown, who lost his own re-election bid last fall, has been absent from the campaign trail for the former Navy SEAL, who finds himself as the underdog against Democratic Rep. Ed Markey in the June 25 special election to succeed now-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Brown said last week he would do whatever Gomez’s campaign asked him to do, and that he’d already helped the Republican candidate with fundraising and donated to his campaign.
But the 11th hour visit from the popular former GOP legislator, who won an upset race in January 2010, comes as Gomez has yet to build the same type of momentum Brown had to upset a stumbling Democrat Martha Coakley. Energized by a national mood turning against health care legislation and a growing GOP wave, Brown rode to victory, but lost his seat last November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Public polling has shown Gomez still trailing Markey by high single digits, and Democratic outside groups, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Majority PAC, have blanketed the airwaves to ensure another win doesn’t fall through their fingers, and Markey has outspent Gomez, too. One GOP super PAC, Americans for Progressive Action, has sprung up to spend for Gomez on air.