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Gabriel Gomez on Government Reform

 

 


No anti-ad pledge; my only pledge is to Constitution

Gomez is rejecting calls by Markey to sign a pledge to limit spending by outside groups on television, radio and Internet ads. 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 NRA and the oil industry will pour millions of dollars into the race.

Pressed on his refusal to join Markey in taking the so-called "People's Pledge" to bar outside advertising from the race, Gomez said, "I've been clear from day one, and that is I will take one pledge and it's the pledge I took as a naval officer. That's to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It's the same pledge my parents took when they became citizens, and it's the pledge I made to the people of Massachusetts. "Let's be honest about it," he added, "politicians make pledges because nobody trusts them."

Source: AP & Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates , May 1, 2013

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