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Massachusetts Women Turn Away from Gomez In Droves

Over the last 3 weeks, Gabriel Gomez’ net favorability among women has dropped by 26 points—wonder why...

Maybe it’s because during Wednesday night’s debate, Gomez moved even further to the right by declaring he would support pro-life justices for the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Maybe it's because Gomez has repeatedly refused to take a position on the Blunt Amendment limiting women's access to contraception — or even read the eight-page bill.
 
Or because he still refuses to take a position on the Stupak Amendment that would allow insurance companies to deny women coverage for critical reproductive health services.

Or maybe it's how Gomez declared his support for legislation that would force a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking access to an abortion saying, "I think asking somebody to wait 24 hours before they can actually go have an abortion is not asking a lot," before flip-flopping only 24 hours later, saying he would vote against waiting periods in the Senate.

Gabriel Gomez has revealed himself, on crucially important issues to the women of Massachusetts, to be a typical Republican who won't come clean about where he stands, and can't be trusted to protect a woman's right to choose.

New Poll Suggests Women Souring On Gomez
WBUR//David Scharfenberg
A new poll suggests women are souring on Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. The survey, which gives U.S. Rep. Edward Markey an overall lead of 47-39 on Gomez, is the third conducted by Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling. Markey, a Democrat, has watched that overall margin grow only slightly over the course of the three polls — from four points, to seven points, to eight. But Markey’s edge with women has expanded more significantly — from 10 to 16 points — in the last month.

Massachusetts Senate Candidate Loses Women’s Support As He Flounders On Reproductive Health Issues
Think Progress//Tara Culp-Ressler
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican nominee for John Kerry’s former Senate seat in Massachusetts, has been struggling to adequately articulate his positions on women’s health issues over the past several weeks. And as recent polling shows, that’s not winning him any favors with the state’s female voters. Gomez has not clarified whether or not he supports the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to deny birth control coverage from their employees for any reason. The GOP candidate has admitted he hasn’t actually read the eight-page Blunt Amendment, and one of his spokespeople recently referred to the birth control policy as “inside baseball.” And this week, Gomez struggled to comment on abortion policy — first saying that he supported requiring women to undergo a 24-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion, and then telling reporters he would vote against such a restriction if it came up for debate in the Senate.

Gomez losing support from women
Daily Kos//Joan McCarter
Gomez has been a disaster on women's issues, particularly abortion and women's health throughout the campaign, and the worst part of it is that he doesn't seem to care at all that he's a disaster on them. He and his staff continue to insist that he's got more important things to focus on, like jobs and the economy. Even to the point that his press guy, Will Ritter, called the Blunt amendment a "inside baseball freakout" that Gomez would continue to ignore.
The latest polling information might make Gomez try to change his tune, but it'll be awfully hard for him to make up any ground with women in Massachusetts, particularly after he fumbled so badly in the debate, and admitted his willingness to vote for an anti-choice Supreme Court nominee.

Markey Campaign Hits Gomez On Women’s Issues With New Web Video
TPM// HUNTER WALKER
A new web video from Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) Senate campaign attacks his Republican rival, businessman Gabriel Gomez, for his positions on women's issues. A source on the Markey campaign told TPM they see women's issues as a major weakness for Gomez and are planning more similar attacks.   "Gabriel Gomez has shown a serious vulnerability on women's issues, and so we're going to continue to highlight his willingness to support pro-life justices for the Supreme Court who'd overturn Roe v. Wade and refusal to take a position on measures like the Blunt Amendment," the source said. "Gomez's support erodes the more he's forced to come clean and talk about these issues."

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