Democratic US Senate hopeful Markey releases TV adAP , Associated Press
May. 8, 2013 10:05 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey has released a television ad highlighting his role in overhauling the nation's telecommunications laws.
In the 30-second ad, Markey says his work on the 1996 Telecommunications Act helped to break up monopolies and fuel the Internet revolution. He said that paved the way for the creation of companies like Google, Skype and Facebook and the invention of the smart phone.
Markey said those changes also helped create new jobs in Massachusetts and across the country.
"I'm proud Massachusetts is leading this wave of innovation," Markey said in the ad, the first campaign spot of the general election.
Markey's Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez said the ad will help remind Massachusetts voters that Markey has been a member of Congress for more than three decades.
Gomez said the ad also fails to mention the donations Markey has received over the years from political action committees representing the telecommunications industry.
"Ed Markey's first ad starts out by saying 'twenty years ago', just shows you how stuck in the past he is," Gomez said in a written statement. "If Congressman Ed Markey wants to remind the voters that he's been in Washington for 36 years that's fine."
Also Wednesday a new Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll showed Markey with a lead over Gomez.
The poll of 500 likely voters found 52 percent favored Markey, 35 percent favored Gomez and 1 percent backed Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard Heos. Eleven percent were undecided and one percent declined to respond.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points and was conducted May 4 through May 7.
Later Wednesday, Markey appeared at a campaign event in downtown Boston with Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick who exhorted the crowd of party loyalists to work to elect the longtime Congressman to the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry to become secretary of state.
The special U.S. Senate election is June 25.