You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

4

3

▼  8th Inning 1 outs

Markey responds to call from Lynch to hold debates

US Representative Edward J. Markey responded late Friday to a challenge from US Representative Stephen F. Lynch to hold Democratic ­debates in advance of the April 30 special Senate primary.

Markey, who brushed aside an initial challenge from Lynch on Monday to participate in several debates, said the candidates should begin negotiating in private.

Continue reading below

“Rather than continuing discussions through the ­media, we should sit down and hammer out a real deal,” ­Markey’s campaign manager Sarah Benzing said in a statement to the newsmedia. She sent a letter to the Lynch campaign earlier in the day.

Markey said in his release that the debate should include other Democratic candidates if they qualify for the primary by gathering 10,000 certified signatures by Feb. 27.

Lynch on Monday said that he had already agreed to ­debates and forums sponsored by Stonehill College, WBZ ­radio host Dan Rea, and NECN “Broadside” host Jim Braude.

“I would hope that we will have debates all across Massachusetts,” he said.

Lynch followed that up with posts on Twitter and ­Facebook Thursday, saying there should be at least six ­debates — in Boston, Lowell, Springfield, Worcester, Pittsfield, and Fall River or New Bedford.

Lynch’s spokesman, Conor Yunits, said Friday night that his campaign looks forward to negotiating with Markey on a series of debates across the state.

The general election is scheduled for June 25. No debates have yet been scheduled with Republicans, as several candidates weigh entering a GOP primary that includes state Representative Daniel Winslow.

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. ­Follow him on Twitter ­@noahbierman.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.