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GOP Sen. hopeful Gomez rejects 'people's pledge'


BOSTON (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is rejecting calls by Democratic challenger Edward 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 National Rifle Association and the oil industry will pour millions of dollars into the race.

A similar pledge was signed last year by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in their U.S. Senate race. Markey and fellow Democrat Stephen Lynch also signed a pledge during their party primary, which Markey won.

The special election is June 25.