With just a week remaining before the primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates held a debate in Springfield last night that was punctuated with heated rhetoric.
The two veteran U.S. Representatives, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records on issues ranging from homeland security to health care to the bailout of the automobile industry. Markey accused Lynch of personal attacks and deliberate distortions, while Lynch at one point called Markey a “liar.”
With just a week until the primaries in the Massachusetts Senate special election, the two Democrat candidates will participate in a debate Tuesday evening in Springfield.
This debate between Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch was rescheduled when the candidates suspended their campaigns following the Boston Marathon bombings. The senate race has not generated much interest and with the distractions of the past week, its hard to say what impact the debate could have, according to Western New England University Political Science professor Tim Vercellotti
This is the deadline to register in Massachusetts to vote in the April 30th party primaries to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates for the special election for U.S. Senate. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the state’s top election official, Secretary of State William Galvin.
Advocacy groups on opposite sides of the abortion issue have endorsed candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Candidates who favor limiting abortion rights have historically not done well in Massachusetts.
Three of the candidates running for the Senate in Massachusetts have stated unequivocal positions on the issue of abortion rights. Two other candidates have staked out greyer areas. The differences don’t divide along party lines.
The candidates in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts will be debating in western Massachusetts.
Two separate debates for the senate candidates will be held in Springfield prior to the April 30th primaries. The three Republicans candidates, Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow will debate on March 28th at the City Stage Theatre. The Democrats, Edward Markey and Steven Lynch have agreed to debate on April 18th at the Paramount Theater. Political consultant Tony Cignoli says none of the candidates are well known in western Massachusetts
Democrats in western Massachusetts have mixed opinions on which candidate running in the primary to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Secretary of State John Kerry they’ll support.
While Fourth Berkshire District State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli may not be able to decide to support either Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, he knows what he wants to see in Washington.
Pignatelli said that he’d like to see more of either candidate communicate more with the voters in his district before he’ll make a decision.