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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Evan Allen and Joshua Miller of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Levenson can be reached at email@example.com.