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Gomez & Markey Feud Over Allowing Outside Campaign Money In Senate Race

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Mass. Senate candidates - Rep. Ed Markey (D) and Gabriel Gomez (R)

Mass. Senate candidates – Rep. Ed Markey (D) and Gabriel Gomez (R)

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BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Senate hopeful Edward Markey is continuing to press Republican rival Gabriel Gomez to sign a pledge intended to discourage outside groups from pouring money into campaign ads in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election.

Markey sent a letter to Gomez on Friday asking that he join him at the Omni Parker House in Boston on Monday to sign the so-called “People’s Pledge.”

Gomez, who has refused to sign the pledge, responded by demanding Markey return the millions he’s received from political action committees during his three decades in Congress.

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Gomez also said Markey should donate to charity the more than $1 million spent by outside groups on his behalf during the just-completed Democratic primary, which Markey won.

Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren signed a similar pledge last year.

The special election in June 25.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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