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Mass. Senate hopefuls clash over spending ‘pledge’

May 6, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez continue to squabble over the role of outside money and special interests in the campaign.

Democrat Markey staged an event at a Boston hotel on Monday in which he sat next to an empty chair, symbolizing Republican Gomez’ refusal to sign a version of the “people’s pledge,” designed to limit the influence of outside group.

Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren signed a similar version of the pledge in their 2012 Senate race.

By refusing to sign the pledge, Markey said Gomez is inviting special interests to pour money into the race.

Gomez has tried to turn the table by demanding that Markey return millions in contributions he’s received from political action committees during the Democrat’s more than three decades in Congress.

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