BOSTON — Gabriel Gomez is hoping to be the new face of the Republican Party.
The son of Colombian immigrants, Gomez didn't learn to speak English until kindergarten, yet went on to become a Navy pilot and SEAL, earn an MBA at Harvard Business School, and launch a career in private equity.
As Republicans search for candidates to appeal to minority voters, Gomez seems to fit the bill.
But while the U.S. Senate hopeful may have the perfect resume, it's unclear how the political novice will fare in Massachusetts' famously rough-and-tumble politics.
The 47-year-old Cohasset businessman has embraced his heritage, speaking Spanish in campaign ads and portraying his life story as the American Dream.
He's also stumbled, sending a letter to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick asking to be appointed to the Senate seat on an interim basis.