Markey, Lynch Launch Attacks in Springfield Debate

Massachusetts Democratic U.S Senate candidates Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey squared off in another heated debate last night — their second in as many days, this time in Springfield. They picked up where they left off Monday night in Boston.

The attacks began in Lynch’s first response, as he listed Markey’s past votes against Homeland Security appropriations bills. Markey shot back, calling Lynch’s barbs sad.

Markey: “He’s Just taken a page right out of the Karl Rove Swiftboat playbook-“
Lynch: “I took the page out of your voting record.”
Markey: “Please don’t interrupt me, Steve. I didn’t interrupt you.”
Lynch: “I’m sorry, go ahead.”
Markey: “Please do not interrupt me.”
Lynch: “Ok. Sorry.”

That exchange came just three minutes after a moment of silence held for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Both congressmen suspended their campaigns last week in the aftermath of the bombings. They resumed Monday, with just over a week to go until the April 30th primary. Later in the debate, Markey and Lynch clashed over national security, foreign policy, social security, and unemployment in western Massachusetts. But they agreed more manufacturing jobs should come to the region. Lynch refuted Markey’s claim he voted against bailing out the auto industry in 2008.

“All right, I don’t want to call you a liar, but you are,” Lynch said.

Lynch clarified that he voted against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, that bailed out several banks, but he voted for federal aid to car companies. The two also sparred over Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law, and the Affordable Care Act. Markey scolded Lynch’s vote against that act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Markey: “Steve, you were the only member of our delegation that voted no.”
Lynch: “I think I’m the only one that read the bill.”
Markey: “Excuse me, you were the only one in our delegation that voted no on the health care bill.”

This was the candidates’ final debate before the April 30th primary. The winner will go on to face the victor in the republican primary -either Businessman Gabriel Gomez, former U.S attorney Michael Sullivan, or State Representative Dan Winslow. The special election is June 25th.