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Republicans accuse Markey for not respecting the People's Pledge that Gomez rejected.

Remember the People's Pledge, the one that Brown and Warren signed, and later on Lynch and Markey.

[link:http://www.wbur.org/2013/05/06/markey-gomez-money-pledge|Gomez rejected it as another politician trick and refused to sign it.
Well, yesterday, with the type of consistency that is the hallmark of the Republican Party, the NRSC attacks Markey for not adhering to the pact that their candidate rejected.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) put out a release today screaming that “Ed Markey is the first to violate the “People’s Pledge.”" That would be the pledge that is not in effect, because Gabriel Gomez refused to sign it.

I mean, wow.

The NRSC is calling Markey out over a report that NextGen, an environmental advocacy group—pardon me, a “radical extremist army” according to the NRSC—plans to spend money on behalf of Markey. Which, aside from the fact that it hasn’t actually happened, would not technically be a violation, because Markey’s obligation (since he cannot, by law, actually stop outside groups from spending) would be to contribute to charity an amount equal to half of whatever NextGen ends up spending, once the group actually spends it—all of which would of course be predicated upon there being an actual agreement in place to violate, which there is not because Gomez refused to sign it.

And even if we granted NRSC all of this, and agreed that “violate the People’s Pledge” means “have an outside group announce plans to spend money on your behalf in what would be a violation of the People’s Pledge if the candidates had actually entered into such an agreement,” it would still be a lie to say that Ed Markey is the first to violate the pledge.

That’s because Gomez has already violated it.

As Paul McMorrow writes over at CommonWealth, the Massachusetts Republican Party—an outside group under the People’s Pledge—has spent more than $300,000 on ads currently running; you’ll notice they disclose at the end that they are paid for by the MassGOP.

So what we have here is a group that is in the active process of “violating the pledge” on behalf of the candidate who prevented the pledge from being in effect, berating the other candidate for allegedly violating the pledge.

Which is why my very, very favorite part of the NRSC release is the last sentence:

Ed Markey is a walking, talking, breathing embodiment of Washington hypocrisy

(PS. The NRSC is located in Washington.)

Senator Uses Farm Bill To Ban Some Ex-Convicts From Food Stamps For Life

Shame on Vitter, but also shame on every single Senator, Democratic or Republican, as nobody objected to this amendment.

Probably to be archived in the series "poor people do not vote" and neither do felons, so why should we care?


During Wednesday’s debate on the Farm Bill, the Senate unanimously agreed to ban certain ex-convicts from receiving food assistance for life.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) claimed his amendment would prevent “murderers, rapists, and pedophiles” from ever receiving food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under this amendment, anyone convicted for a violent crime or sexual assault will be shut out of the program for life, even if they served their time or committed the crime long ago. Their families will also suffer, as their share of SNAP benefits will exclude the convicted family member.

As Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes, these sentences have historically been handed down to more minorities than white offenders:
Given incarceration patterns in the United States, the amendment would have a skewed racial impact. Poor elderly African Americans convicted of a single crime decades ago by segregated Southern juries would be among those hit. The amendment essentially says that rehabilitation doesn’t matter and violates basic norms of criminal justice.

So, thank you so much, senators.

More war on poor people...

Gomez (R-MA) calls his opponent dirty.

Who would have thought that I would regret Scott Brown (as a Republican candidate)?

He was bad, but far from the level of whining and stupidity than Gomez is showing, and frankly this is telling a lot about Gomez. After having whined about ads that were presenting his own positions accurately, he now has one calling Markey dirty for some supposed attacks.

It is bad enough that the Boston Globe feels compelled to get out of their usual "impartiality to call out Gomez.

Gomez releases new ad calling his opponent “dirty Ed Markey”

Republican Senate candidate Gabriel E. Gomez is releasing a new television ad that labels his Democratic opponent, Representative Edward J. Markey, “dirty Ed Markey.”

“Negative ads from dirty Ed Markey, smearing Gabriel Gomez, comparing him to bin Laden,” a narrator says in the ad, which shows clips of two of Markey’s ads attacking Gomez. “Now, Markey actually blames Gomez for the Newtown shooting. Disgusting. Thirty-seven years in Congress. Dirty Ed Markey.”

The ad, which will begin running statewide Wednesday, then urges voters to “try something new…Gabriel Gomez, businessman, Navy pilot, Navy SEAL.”

Despite what the ad says, Markey has not blamed Gomez for the Newtown shooting. Markey has released an ad that highlights Gomez’s opposition to an assault weapons ban and to limits on high-capacity magazines, “like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting.”

This election cannot finish quickly enough.

Gomez (R-MA) shocked his positions are stated accurately


In the Massachusetts Senate race, Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez is reacting strongly to a TV ad launched Thursday by Democrat Ed Markey criticizing him for opposing a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, which the ad noted were used to carry out the Newtown, Conn. shootings.

“Gomez is against banning assault weapons,” a narrator in the ad says. “And Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines, like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting.” The narrator continues: “The more you know, the clearer the choice.”

On Friday, Gomez accused the longtime Democratic congressman of blaming him for the Newtown massacre, which killed 20 children and six adults and sparked efforts in Congress to beef up gun laws — which have so far fallen flat.

n his most recent TV ad, Markey blames me for the horrific Newtown shooting,” Gomez said in a statement Friday. “I guess after 37 years in Congress you lose your sense of decency. Exploiting a tragedy for political gain is sick.”


Obviously, the video (at the link) does not blame Gomez for Newtown any more than a previous video linked him to OBL, but, when you do not have any good answer, start whining.

Not a good week for Gomez, who is still behind in every single poll including his own, has been called out for a tax scam, for having stiffed a couple companies working for him (an assessor and a plumber. He apparently paid the assessor today, 8 years later).

Gomez's tax deduction scam - MA Senate Race

Gomez looks a lot more like a Romney wannabee every day . The Boston Globe revels yesterday that he took a tax deduction of nearlu $300 K for doing something he was already obliged to do by law. Yes $300,000. So, invest

How do we know it is a big deal. Andy Hiller, generally more susceptible to go after Democrats for small issues (See Patrick's drapes), tell us it does not pass the smell test.


Until today, Gabriel Gomez's house in Cohasset may have been his castle. But now, it could turn into his political prison.
It's not clear whether Gomez broke the law, but it's crystal clear Gomez got a giant tax break that doesn't pass the smell test.
This is Gomez's home in Cohasset, which he bought in 2004 for $2.1 million dollars.
In 2005, he got a $281,500 federal income tax deduction for agreeing not to make any changes on the exterior of his house, which is in an historic district.
The problem: Cohasset also prohibits changes on historic homes.

"I've been inside the rules for eveything I've done my whole life,” Gomez said.
“But the Internal Revenue Service does call this a tax scam,” Hiller said.
“I don't have any comment on that. You have to talk to the Internal Revenue Service on that."

Gomez: “I don't apologize for any success I've had. I'm proud of everything I've done, I'm proud that I've earned everything I've done."
Memo to Gabriel Gomez: this is not something to be proud of, if you're running for political office.
Because it makes you look like a rich person taking advantage of tax laws very few people know about.

Read more: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/politics/massachusetts/10010583400581/the-hiller-instinct-gomez-s-house-tax-deduction/#ixzz2StNd9gPK

Oh, and he also does not think he should release his tax returns for the year he took the deduction. Granted, it is many years ago, but given the deduction he took, should people not have the right to know?


The Gomez campaign on Thursday again rejected the Democrats’ request to release the 2005 tax return, arguing that the candidate has been transparent with his taxes, having already released returns for six years beginning in 2006. The Globe first requested Gomez’s 2005 return on Wednesday

Swiftboater Gomez (R-MA) calls himself swiftboated

The Markey campaign has put on the web a video including footage of a video OPSEC made to swiftboat Obama after the Obama take out. Gomez was spokeman for the group, which is what Markey wants to put in evidence.


But Markey's campaign says Gomez is complaining about the Massachusetts congressman featuring a video the Republican nominee created himself — and demanding Gomez apologize to President Obama.
"Before he was a candidate for Senate, Gabriel Gomez was a spokesman for a secretly-funded special interest group that spent half a million dollars during the 2012 election attacking President Obama over the killing of Osama bin Laden," said Markey campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker in a statement. "Now Gabriel Gomez is trying to distract from the fact that he attacked the President of the United States over the death of bin Laden by attacking Ed Markey…. For leveling such baseless charges, Gabriel Gomez owes President Obama an apology."

Well, Gomez is attacking the video, saying that it tries to link him to Osama Bin Laden and tells Markey to take the video down.

Gabriel Gomez, the Republican Senate candidate from Massachusetts, on Saturday demanded Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) take down a web video that features the Republican candidate briefly sharing the screen with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

The web video in question highlights Gomez's work for a special interest group called the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund that filmed a video during the 2012 campaign accusing President Obama of politicizing bin Laden's death.

Markey's ad features Gomez defending OPSEC on MSNBC, and then a clip of the video produced by the group that accuses President Obama of "politically capitalizing on U.S. national security operations and secrets."

That video clip, originally produced by OPSEC, includes images of both President Obama and bin Laden. Because it is shown next to an image of Gomez, the Republican Senate candidate and the terrorist leader appear on screen next to each other for about eight seconds.

“Career Politician Ed Markey has started his campaign with a textbook despicable political attack to attempt to connect me with Osama Bin Laden in the minds of voters," Gomez said. "This attack is an insult to my service and an insult to the intelligence of the people of Massachusetts. Congressman Markey should direct his campaign to immediately stop this ad, stop his mudslinging and debate me on issues that Massachusetts voters care about, the economy and jobs.”

Gomez is not a total idiot, so he knows this is not the intend and therefore he is a liar.
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