State Rep. Carolyn Dykema declined on Thursday to sign a "clean campaign" pledge proposed by her challenger, Marty Lamb, in the race for Representative of Massachusetts' Eight Middlesex District.
"I have worked hard to run substantive, respectful, issue-based campaigns and have never resorted to negative campaigning. Voters Iʼve talked with have appreciated campaigns that are free of distracting gimmicks and contrived campaign pledges," Dykema wrote in her response.
Lamb's proposed campaign regulations include banning "personal attacks, name calling or underhanded tactics such as negative push polling." Additionally, it prohibits outside organizations from buying advertising for the candidates.
"I am heartened to hear that you now see the value in an issues-based campaign founded on ideas and a vision for our future," Dykema wrote.
Lamb fired back Thursday afternoon in a press release, saying Dykema's decision was "extremely disappointing."