Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 12, 2013
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate running in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts later this month, left heads turning when he quipped that he could hold his bladder longer than Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) did during his 13-hour filibuster.
The comment came during the second of three debates with Democratic candidate Rep. Ed Markey Tuesday night. Gomez was discussing how the filibuster can be an effective tool when used properly when the former Navy SEAL unexpectedly said “I could go a lot longer than that without having to go to the bathroom.”
Paul, who took to the Senate floor in March to discuss the Obama administration’s use of drones on Americans back in March, managed to go nearly 13 hours without eating or drinking. He was ultimately forced to end the filibuster, however, because he had to answer nature’s call.
“I would go for another 12 hours to try to break Strom Thurmond’s record,” Paul said back in March. “But I’ve discovered that there are some limits to filibustering, and I’m going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here.”
The special election, which will take place on June 25, is being held to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. Markey currently holds a 6 point aggregate lead over Gomez according to TPM Polltracker.
In January, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) appointed his former chief-of-staff, Mo Cowan, to serve in the senate through the special election.