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Republican Senate candidates err in rejecting the people’s pledge

Last year’s high-profile Massachusetts Senate race produced a clear winner: the voters. Thanks to an agreement between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren that effectively kept super PACs out of the race, Bay State residents were spared the worst campaign practices of the post-Citizens United era. The race still got plenty nasty, but it was an above-board fight.

That’s why it’s so disappointing that none of the three Republican candidates running for Senate this time around is willing to renew the bipartisan “people’s pledge.” GOP candidates Gabriel Gomez, Dan Winslow, and Michael Sullivan have all declined to commit to another agreement in their primary, potentially opening the door to super PAC involvement in the special election to replace John Kerry. It’s a bad move for the state — and a very bad move for the Republicans.

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