Markey: Gomez did not tell John McCain to leave Senate

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June 18, 2013, 9:13 pm
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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.

When Gomez attacked Markey's 37 years in Congress, Markey questioned the Republican's choice to campaign with John McCain and Mitch McConnell.

"Mr. Gomez, you just had John McCain in campaigning for you three weeks ago. Did you ask John McCain to leave the Senate? You have Mitch McConnell, from Kentucky, the Republican leader in the Senate, raising money for you across the country. Did you ask Mitch McConnell, tell him that it's time for him to leave the Senate?"

Gomez said that he did tell McCain to leave the Senate.

"Mr. Gomez did not tell John McCain, 'This should be your last term. You should just be leaving right now.' That never happened. That conversation did not happen."

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.

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