During the last several weeks, Steyer has sent a plane with a banner to fly over Boston before a Bruins game, blasting Lynch for backing “dirty oil.” He plans to send another plane with a banner to the Boston Marathon. Trucks he has dispatched have rolled through Boston displaying videos that accuse Lynch of wanting to export oil to China. Steyer has also bankrolled the League of Conservation Voters’ field campaign against Lynch.
Steyer has not, however, been able to run television ads, unlike most billionaires with a super PAC, because Lynch and Markey have a signed a pledge designed to keep outside groups from running ads or sending mailers in their race.
The campaign has arguably put Markey in an awkward position. He stands to benefit from Steyer’s barrage against his rival. But the image of an out-of-state billionaire hammering a former ironworker could also backfire on Markey, and he has urged Steyer to stay out of Massachusetts.
“Ed Markey has repeatedly repudiated Tom Steyer’s threats and ultimatums in this race and once again calls on him to end his involvement in the special election,” said Giselle Barry, a Markey spokeswoman. “This race should be focused on big issues, not big-money outside interests.”