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Gabriel Gomez, GOP candidate for Sen., rejects 'people's pledge'

Gabriel Gomez said Markey has spent decades in Congress building up a campaign war chest of special-interest money. Gomez said it's the 'height of hypocrisy' for Markey to talk about a pledge to limit spending.

By Associated Press / May 1, 2013

Republican candidate for the US Senate Gabriel Gomez (r.) points toward the audience as he takes the stage with his daughters Olivia (l.), Antonia, (2nd l.), and wife Sarah (behind) before addressing an audience with a victory speech at a watch party in Cohasset, Mass., April 30. Gomez won his primary bid for the Republican nomination to contest a US Senate seat, defeating Republican hopefuls Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow.

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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is rejecting calls by Democratic challenger Edward Markey to sign a pledge to limit spending by outside groups on television, radio and Internet ads.

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Gomez said Markey has spent decades in Congress building up a campaign war chest of special-interest money. Gomez said it's the "height of hypocrisy" for Markey to talk about a pledge to limit spending.

Markey has warned that without a pledge, groups like the National Rifle Association and the oil industry will pour millions of dollars into the race.

A similar pledge was signed last year by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in their U.S. Senate race. Markey and fellow Democrat Stephen Lynch also signed a pledge during their party primary, which Markey won.

The special election is June 25.

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