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This is just stupid. A super PAC created by California billionaire Tom Steyer, NextGen PAC, is talking about launching a campaign against Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts Senate race with Ed Markey. Markey doesn't want anything to do with it and "has called on Steyer to stay out of the race." That's because Markey has signed a pledge (that Gomez has not signed) to limit outside spending in his campaign—the "People's Pledge."

With that established, enter the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which sent out a press release whining that Markey "is the first to violate the 'People’s Pledge.'" You know, the pledge that isn't in effect because Gomez hasn't signed it. Which Markey couldn't technically violate because it isn't in effect, and because he's asked Steyer to stay out of it, and because it hasn't actually happened anyway because Steyer hasn't spent any money yet.

Cue Boston Magazine's David Bernstein:

[E]ven 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.

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Unbelievable. Except that it isn't, because it's the NRSC and the Gomez campaign, which seems incapable of coming up with any thing in this campaign other than "Ed Markey is picking on me!" And all of the instances in which Ed Markey is being a big ol' meanie are actually complete lies!

Boy, the Republicans sure got themselves a winner this time around.

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  •  Gomez is TOO stupid to stick to the talking points (4+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:03:32 PM PDT

  •  Am I correct in asumming...... (4+ / 0-)

    that Massachusetts voters see right through this bulls#it?This might play in other states but I can't see it making a difference in Mass.

  •  anything that helps Gomez look foolish is a plus (6+ / 0-)

    the election is in one month and we need people to pay attention

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:10:47 PM PDT

  •  What. A. Shock. (5+ / 0-)
    Markey First to Violate the People's Pledge

    Relies on Outside Army of Extremists to be a 'politically disruptive force'

    "It didn’t take long for Ed Markey to violate his own pledge. Markey and his campaign are teaming up with a radical extremist army to, in their own words, be a 'politically disruptive force' against voters in the Massachusetts special election. After 37 years in Washington, lying, distorting, and mudslinging may be Markey's preferred method, but it's exactly what voters in the Commonwealth are sick and tired of.

    "Markey's pledge was a little more than an effort to mislead voters and hide his own ties to special interests and their millions of dollars; a fact which has now been exposed. Ed Markey is a walking, talking, breathing embodiment of Washington hypocrisy and a constant reminder why fresh new leadership is needed."

    Bad Faith? Check.
    Lies? Check.
    Ignoring Reality and Substituting Your Own? Check.

    I'm betting Politico runs with this as a big story.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:16:56 PM PDT

    •  I hope Steyer keeps ignoring the Democrats (4+ / 0-)
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      nothing will help kill Citizen's United like a liberal, or at least non-Movement Conservative, billionaire playing their CU game. He's right on the positions he's attacking on, and if Gomez won't sign the so-called "People's Pledge" why stand by it? It's essentially pledging to take a reaming like a veal penned calf if the other guy or gal won't sign off on it. I hated it when Liz Warren did it, and I hate it when he does it. But Brown signed off. That makes this dumber.

      If the Democrats want to be noble, rather than bury the freak they are facing, that's stupid and thank Goodness for the billionaire who ignores them. At least Warren got Brown to sign. If Gomez won't sign, fuck him. If Markey won't budge, I hope he feels noble sneering down his nose while somebody with a checkbook does the shitwork. He should be thankful in hindsight. Getting a golf clap from a phony like David Brooks isn't going to get him elected into the Senate. Let him whine that Markey is doing something he's not. I admire a man who is willing to play a little hardball over the objections of people who would risk being noble roadkill.

      Steyer made waves when he became involved in the Massachusetts Democratic primary in which Rep. Ed Markey bested Rep. Stephen Lynch. His super PAC spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on aerial banners, robocalls and video mobile billboards that painted Lynch as a pawn of the oil industry. As of April, FEC filings showed that Steyer had put $750,000 into NextGen.

      With the primary over, Markey is facing off against Gomez, a former Navy SEAL. And Steyer is hoping to replicate his strategy ahead of the June 25 general election.

      “From what little there is to know about Gomez, we’ve realized that he is simply a lightweight version of Mitt Romney … but without the experience. When it comes to issues that the people of Massachusetts look at when they decide to vote, Gomez is in the mold of Mitt Romney — simply someone who will not fight for Massachusetts and who cannot be trusted. Gomez is Romney Lite — More Conservative … Less Experience,” reads the memo authored by Chris Lehane, a veteran Democratic operative and Clinton White House alum who is a key adviser to Steyer and his super PAC.

      Steyer, a former hedge fund founder, has made action on climate change and opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline his top priorities. His super PAC pummeled Lynch for initially showing reserved support for the pipeline and saying the approval process has dragged on too long. Lynch fought back, calling Steyer a “bully.”

      Fuck telling him to stifle.

      If he's willing to commit heresy about Wall Street regulation and oversight as a former hedge fund guy, which is one big reason I am wary to trust him all the way, I'm happy he's around.

      Maybe Steyer would be willing to run for Senate in California and get some fainting couch runs triggered on Diane Finestein.

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:34:40 PM PDT

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  •  Classy of Markey. (2+ / 0-)
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    I had misgivings when I learned about Steyer's intention to spend all of that money.

    I expect to have some money by Tuesday, and Ed Markey's getting some of it.  Orders of magnitude less than Steyer would have spent, of course--but I was born in Boston; I have some claims to be a grassroots supporter.

  •  from the ground here in mass (0+ / 0-)

    the markey campaign is increasingly looking like a disaster. i feel like this is some sort of secret campaign, where the candidate never goes on the air, never makes public appearances, and is allowing the campaign to be completely dictated by gomez. markey is stale. old. gray. and he's falling for all the tricks in the dirty campaign playbook. to me, the lowest of the low point in the warren campaign never felt like this. even the coakley disaster felt more energized than this campaign. i dont know a single person who is excited about markey. yes, we want him to win. but he's about as electrifying as a rock.

    this is feeling like a super low-turnout election, and the only thing that can save markey, i feel, will be the incredible jerkiness of gomez. but even that might not be enough.

    •  I beg to differ (6+ / 0-)

      I think Markey is doing fine. He's making appearances, going to debate next week.
      And he's letting Gomez self=destruct.
      The reason Gomez is attacking Markey is because he knows he is losing.

      And I'm pretty excitied about Markey, I think he will be a great senator!

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      by mattinjersey on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:46:04 PM PDT

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      •  he'll probably win (1+ / 0-)
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        but coakley probably should have won, too. gomez is attacking because he knows it will work. and he knows its going to be a super low-turnout election. depending on where things stand in a month, if he can motivate just a few percentage points of his base, he could pull it off.

        i just cant get excited about markey. i like his policies. he'd probably vote the way i want him to vote. but i feel like more than that is needed in the senate the way things are unfolding down there. i had really hoped the capuano was going to run. thats the kind of senator i wish we could get. markey is three years older than liz warren, but he feels about 30 years older. and he's taking body blow after body blow in the press and not fighting back. warren made that mistake too, but in the end, her sheer charisma won out despite her utter ineptitude on the campaign trail.

        •  Markey will be great if he wins. His strength is (5+ / 0-)

          the environment and we need that bad.

          A great combination, 2 liberal senators focusing on the environment (climate) and finance.  I'm excited by this but worried about Gomez.  He'll stoop to anything and that's dangerous when combined with talk radio and a lot of money.

        •  How do you know how Markey "feels"? Feels (0+ / 0-)

          about what? Have you even looked at his web site? Tlkaed about his polices with the people around you? Asked people you meet who they are going to vote for? Ask them why, provide answers if they say Gomez? Explained to people that Gomez is a private equity investor? Explained he emphasizes Navy Seal to avoid explaining what a private equity investor does?

          Define "not fighting back".

          I know that i write using run on paragraphs. It is dificult to read comments that do not use capitals at the beginning of sentences, or for proper names.

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          by CuriousBoston on Sun May 26, 2013 at 04:32:09 AM PDT

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    •  Curious... (9+ / 0-)

      a poll yesterday had Markey up by 12...with discussion centering on Markey dominating the airwaves as far as advertising is concerned,

      "But even with the assist from the state party, Gomez is being badly outspent by Markey on the air. Disclosures filed with the Federal Communications Commission show that, to date, the Massachusetts Republican Party’s federal campaign account has purchased $329,000 in broadcast television advertising for Gomez. That compares to nearly $860,000 in broadcast ads the Markey committee has aired since winning the Democratic primary. (Gomez has even been outspent in May by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the political action committee headed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that is airing ads in Boston attacking New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte on gun control.)"
      http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/...

      Your view of the compaign seems to be in the minority, at least among people who actually are familiar with the actual campaign.  It is one thing not to like Markey, it quite another to indulge trying to being down morale by suggesting things which might not be true.

    •  View from the ground? (5+ / 0-)

      Funny, I have a vastly different view - a lot of EW supporters are out knocking on doors every weekend where I am, getting out the vote for Ed.  Aside from whining on DailyKos, what are you doing?  Are you contributing anything to the campaign?

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      by AnotherMassachusettsLiberal on Sat May 25, 2013 at 05:03:27 PM PDT

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      •  no (0+ / 0-)

        i dont contribute to campaigns anymore. find me a candidate for national office that i've given money to, and you'll find a candidate that's totally sold me out every single time. but is this that part of the discussion where i'm not allowed to criticize unless i fulfill X, Y, and Z requirements? guess what, i'm not impressed by the tenor of the markey campaign AND im not going to volunteer for him AND i'm going to express my opinion as an average voter and media consumer in MA.

        next step is where people accuse me of being a republican plant, like when i pointed out the obvious about the coakley campaign going down in flames.

        •  And yet (0+ / 0-)

          as a media consumer, you failed to recognize that Markey is outspending Gomez 3-1 on television advertising.

          Maybe you should fact check yourself before you post stuff which is so easy to counter.  It to me about five nanoseconds to rebut your assertions...

          For everyone who claims that Markey is Coakley, is someone who refuses to address a reality which is obvious.  Markey is raising money,  Gomez is having serious problems with that.  Markey has been rising in the polls.  Gomez did ok immediately after the first week, and hasn't had a good day since.

          By the way,  there were those who also made the same assertions about Warren being a weak candidate.  

    •  What on earth are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)

      Markey's been all over. I saw him at three public campaign appearances within 5 miles of my house in May alone. In the meantime, our district office had more than 100 volunteers show up to go door-to-door last week. That's right up there with support for Warren even though this election's been much more under the radar. Plenty of people are excited about Markey.

      Falling for tricks? He's sitting back and smiling as the opponent continues to implode. Nobody's buying any of Gomez's bullshit.

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      by fenway49 on Tue May 28, 2013 at 06:19:01 AM PDT

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  •  The saddest thing is that all the reasons why it's (1+ / 0-)
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    a lie won't matter that much.  The accusation is enough for most people, although I would concede that this is less true in MA.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:43:42 PM PDT

  •  Let me get this straight... (1+ / 0-)
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    Gomez doesn't sign the pledge which technically means that it isn't in effect. Markey tells the billionaire he doesn't need his help because he's already kicking his ass. Gomez already violated the pledge that he refused to call and an outside group, under the pledge runs an ad to complain that Markey was accepting help from outside sources. When is the GoTp going to get their acts together?

    •  Never. It would be good if the mass media would (0+ / 0-)

      publicize this mess. Sorry, what was I thinking?

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      by CuriousBoston on Sun May 26, 2013 at 04:38:18 AM PDT

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  •  Life for Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    is just high school, over and over again.

    In which they are the jocks and bullies, and in which any time someone stands up to their bullying, they go run to "coach" claiming that "he's picking on me."

    Wouldn't it be nice if someone in public office had ever grown up?

    In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

    by Noziglia on Sat May 25, 2013 at 04:46:50 PM PDT

  •  i'm here to buy "dirty ed" a drink! (0+ / 0-)

    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Sat May 25, 2013 at 05:11:49 PM PDT

  •  God, the only person I've seen (4+ / 0-)

    play the victim more is Mitt Romney. And Gomez has already nearly surpassed him in a few days.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Sat May 25, 2013 at 05:12:35 PM PDT

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