Mass. GOP U.S. Senate Hopefuls Launch Attack Ads

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Two of the Republican candidates in Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate contest have launched competing attack ads.

Michael Sullivan released the first ad taking direct aim at Gabriel Gomez, one of his two GOP rivals.

Hours later, Gomez launched his own ad labeling all the other Republican and Democratic candidates "career politicians."

Sullivan's 30-second ad, titled "Obama Republican," focuses on a letter Gomez sent in January to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.

In the letter, Gomez asked Patrick to appoint him interim U.S. senator, touting his past support for President Obama's positions on gun control and immigration.

Gomez has since distanced himself from Obama on the issues.

Gomez criticized Sullivan for being the first candidate to launch a negative ad, labeling it "mudslinging" and an act of desperation by a losing candidate.

The primary is April 30.

- Here are the two ads:

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