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SCOT LEHIGH

What are Markey, Lynch promising to interest groups?

The Democratic Senate candidates are making promises, but won’t make them public

Democrats frequently criticize Republicans for taking Grover Norquist’s No New Taxes pledge — and rightly so. That promise is at least public, however, which lets voters consider whether they want to support someone who has surrendered his independence to the anti-government zealot.

But as Democratic congressmen Steve Lynch and Ed Markey vie to succeed John Kerry in the US Senate, they are busy offering pledges on campaign questionnaires that neither they nor the relevant interest groups will make public.

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