Representative Edward Markey is refusing to back down from comments he made this week that seemed to compare the US Supreme Court’s decision on campaign finance law to the high court’s 19th-century Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery.

On Tuesday, at a campaign rally in Pittsfield, the Democrat said that if he is elected to the Senate he would fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the 2010 case that eliminated limits on campaign donations.

“The whole idea that the Koch brothers, Karl Rove can say we’re coming to Massachusetts, that we’re coming to any state in the union with unlimited amounts of undisclosed money is a pollution, that must be changed,” Markey said, according to a video of the event provided by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“The constitution must be amended. The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United,” he added.

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