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Massachusetts Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts stuck with familiar themes during a debate Tuesday night in Springfield.

   Republican Gabriel Gomez took every opening during the debate to portray Democratic Congressman Ed Markey’s long career as a liability.

   Markey criticized Gomez’s stands on gun control, tax reform and environmental issues, and insisted in doing so that he was not engaged in negative campaigning.

   There were no heated exchanges or personal attacks. After the debate Gomez told reporters his campaign was surging.. Markey said he was knocking himself out everyday to build a get out the vote organization with thousands of volunteers.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.