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Supporters of MA Senate candidate rally in Pittsfield

Posted at: 06/22/2013 4:49 AM
Updated at: 06/22/2013 10:25 AM
By: Jessica Layton



PITTSFIELD - The special election polls for Massachusetts Senate have Democrat Ed Markey up about 10 points over Republican Gabriel Gomez. But the only test that matters is on Tuesday - when voters head to the polls. In fact, that was Markey's main message during a campaign stop in Pittsfield on Friday Night.

It isn't often that a speech from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a political opening act. But four days out from the special election to fill John Kerry's old Senate seat, Ed Markey was the main event at a rally in Pittsfield.

Supporters of the politician from the Boston area say the competition Tuesday isn't necessarily Republican Gabriel Gomez. It's complacency. Voter turnout is usually pretty pathetic for special elections.

Markey says he isn't of taking his opponent lightly. “You can't feel that way. It’s like asking the Bruins ‘How do you feel? Are you going to win the Stanley Cup’ They don't know,” he says.

Markey is more than familiar with the tangled web of controversy in Washington: He's been in Congress since 1976. In fact, Gomez, who was a child when Markey first took office, has said throughout the campaign that Washington needs a fresh face - something new. Governor Patrick says new isn't always better. “Being right on the issues is better,” the governor told the crowd.

During the rally the governor was praised for representing and visiting all geographic areas of the Bay State. Local voters want a senator who knows how to get back to the Berkshires, even when the election is over.

Markey says he will open up a Senatorial office in Springfield if elected.

The Gomez staff put out a release Friday night, saying the Republican will visit 21 communities over the next three days. No events are planned for the Berkshires.

We'll be following the race very closely and have your election results Tuesday on NewsChannel 13 Live at 11.