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(NECN/AP) - Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey clashed on everything from their records in Congress and the private sector to job creation in their final debate of Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election.
Gomez defended his time as a Navy SEAL and his work in the private equity firm Advent International, saying President Barack Obama's pension fund as a former Illinois lawmaker is invested in the company.
Markey said Gomez should release information about other clients and defended his role in obtaining millions in tax dollars for the transformation of a polluted industrial site along the Malden River.
The hoped-for jobs never materialized, but Markey said the project was still a benefit to neighboring communities.
Markey's work with job production in his time in Massachusetts Congress came under fire.
"I think this is a great example of somebody who's never had private sector experience, who has never had a job up here in Massachusetts," said Gomez. "The reality is, sir, you have had 37 years down in the Congress to get something done. We still don't have immigration reform done, and you've had 37 years to do that ... The reality is, sir, you've had 37 years down in D.C. to get these important things done."
Markey questioned what Gomez had done.
"We need to know, Mr. Gomez, who you work for," said Markey. "What kind of jobs were created? And we still haven't received that answer."
The hour-long debate Tuesday night at WGBH-TV was sponsored by a Boston media consortium.
The election is June 25.
See the attached video for the full clip.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.