SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Angry exchanges and complaints of insults punctuated the senate candidates debate between democrats Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch in Springfield Tuesday night.
The two democrats from the eastern part of the state met in a political debate at the studios of WGBY, the Springfield Public Television station.
They sparred on a range of subjects including homeland security. Lynch insisted Markey voted "no" on the Homeland Security legislation, to which Markey angrily said Lynch was "taking a page out of Carl Rove's playbook," and was trying to "swift boat" him.
Rove was was the republican strategist who used the so-called "Swift Boat" strategy to sink John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004.
Lynch replied that he was "only taking pages out of Ed Markey's voting record."
The two also differed on Obamacare. Markey had voted for it. Lynch had voted against it.
Lynch called the legalization of medical Marijuana in Massachusetts "a terrible decision."
Markey said he supported the referendum, and called for "strict standards that will protect against abuse."
At one point, Lynch said, "I don't want to call you a liar, but you are." Markey said that he was insulted, and that Lynch was being inapropriate. After a clarification, Lynch took it back, saying "Steve, you're not a liar, you're misinformed."
The two candidates will be on the democratic primary ballot next Tuesday, April 30th. The top vote getter will match up against the republican primary winner in the Special Senate Election June 25th. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the Senate term of Secretary of State John Kerry.