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Gomez, Markey trade barbs in the opening day of the general election race for Senate

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Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, fresh off his upset victory, kicked off the special election campaign Wednesday by labeling his Democratic opponent, Edward J. Markey, a “poster boy” for term limits and by refusing to sign a pledge to limit special0interest money in the campaign.

Markey, a 36-year veteran of Congress, quickly hit back at Gomez for saying he personally opposes abortion and would vote against a ban on assault weapons.

He warned that Gomez’s rejection of the so-called People’s Pledge to limit outside money would unleash a flood of negative ads in their race.

The vigorous back-and-forth reflected the sudden energy coursing through the Massachusetts Senate race, a day after Gomez, a wealthy investor and former US Navy SEAL with almost no electoral experience, scored a come-from-behind victory against two opponents with much longer roots in the state Republican Party.

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