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April 4, 2013

GOP Senate hopefuls spar over controversial ad

West Newbury's Mirra stands with candidate

BOSTON -- A Republican state representative seeking to climb the electoral rungs to the U.S. Senate, Dan Winslow announced the endorsement of five of his colleagues Wednesday morning and criticized one of his opponents for not condemning ads being run by the Conservative Campaign Committee.

“The first attack ads in this campaign were launched by this group that has endorsed Mike Sullivan against me. This is a group that has been preaching intolerance, you know, a hate group if you will about equality, gay people, calling them names,” Winslow said. “That’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable in Massachusetts. I’ve called on Mike Sullivan to disavow this group.”

Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney and state representative from Abington, through a spokesman denied any knowledge of CCC’s campaign and accused Winslow of divisive politics.

“Mike doesn’t control who does or doesn’t endorse him. His focus is entirely on his own campaign,” wrote Sullivan’s spokesman Paul Moore in response to Winslow’s demand. “Mike doesn’t have litmus tests - unlike Dan Winslow. In fact, Dan Winslow has done everything he can to incite open warfare between divergent groups in this primary battle. Dan Winslow went so far as to suggest that people who are pro-life shouldn’t be running for office, saying they deserve to lose. That was a contemptible statement and shows the very odd bounds of his open-mindedness. So it is rich for Dan Winslow, having made such intolerant statements, to suggest that anyone besides himself is promoting ‘hate.’”

The Hill reported that the CCC plans to raise $200,000 and run ads starting next week that target Sullivan’s two opponents, Winslow and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez. NECN interviewed the chairman of the CCC, the Tea Party activist Lloyd Marcus, who told the news station, “I have gay family and friends who I love. I don’t hate anyone.”

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