Tea Party SuperPAC With Close Ties To Michele Bachmann Backs Gomez, New Report Reveals Gomez Helped Send Jobs To China
BREAKING: Watch Gomez Slam His Car Door & Drive Away When Asked About Creating Jobs In China
First, news broke that a Tea Party backed superPAC with close ties to Michele Bachmann was spending $700,000 to support Gabe Gomez. Then a new report on the front page of today’s Boston Globe revealed that an examination of Gomez’s business record shows he helped ship Massachusetts jobs overseas and instead created jobs in China. Now, Gomez is stonewalling and refusing to talk to reporters. Gomez has repeatedly refused to release his client list from his time working in private equity and today it’s obvious why. From the Boston Globe:
[Gomez] had a role in applying common private equity strategies that are often controversial with voters — piling debt on companies and laying off workers or moving jobs overseas. Gomez’s involvement in a company called Synventive Molding Solutions was a case in point.
Synventive had 550 employees when Advent bought it. By 2009, the economy was in trouble, and two of Synventive’s largest customers, General Motors and Chrysler, had filed for bankruptcy. The company’s head count fell to 500, in part due to layoffs in Peabody. At the same time, Synventive was expanding rapidly in China as it shifted some manufacturing and engineering functions there and to Germany.
“It was a good company, except things changed a lot over the years,’’ said David Scatterday, a mechanical engineer who worked at Synventive for 20 years before being laid off, with a year’s severance. “You lost a lot of the good qualities you had with the original owners.” And, he recalled, “A lot of business went to China.”
… asked about his record of helping create jobs in China, rather than in the United States, Gomez said, “That’s not true.” Then he slammed his car door and an aide drove him away.
“A tea party backed SuperPAC with ties to Michele Bachmann is parachuting into Massachusetts for Gabe Gomez because he supports the same kind of job killing policies embraced by national Republicans in Washington,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “As Gomez’s record of helping send jobs to China is revealed and Michele Bachmann’s campaign treasurer spends $700,000 to support Gomez, it’s clear he is on the wrong side of Massachusetts and would support extreme, right-wing Republican policies in Washington. Massachusetts middle class families deserve a leader in the Senate that will fight for Massachusetts families and small businesses—not for special interests and multi-millionaires like himself.”