DNC Chair Takes Victory Lap After Markey's Senate Win

Jun 26, 2013

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

A day after longtime Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey won a special U.S. Senate election over Republican Gabriel Gomez, Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took a victory tour on a conference call Wednesday. Wasserman Schultz told reporters that Markey’s win is evidence that the Republican Party continues to support outdated policies.

“The Republican Party, conservative SuperPACs, and leaders from Mitch McConnell to Newt Gingrich and John McCain went all in for Gomez. In total, national Republicans and their allies spent millions for Gomez, saying he was key to taking back the Senate. National Republicans really thought they were putting their best foot forward when they got behind Gabriel Gomez, and it just didn't work,” Wasserman Schultz said.

“Just like national Republicans, Gomez campaigned to repeal Obamacare, was opposed to asking the wealthiest to pay a little bit more, was opposed to an assault weapons ban and would have voted for a Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade.  Those are the policies of a new and improved post-2012 Republican Party.  The fact is that those policies are indistinguishable from the GOP that lost key groups in the last election cycle.”

“The DNC worked closely with the Markey campaign, the DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] and the Massachusetts Democratic Party to make strategic investments to ensure Ed Markey would be elected the next Senator from Massachusetts and President Obama would continue to have a strong ally in the United States Senate.”