BOSTON (AP) — Republicans are zeroing in on Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey’s involvement in a so-called “rubber check” episode from the early 1990s.

General Accounting Office issued a report in 1991 that found 134 House members had bounced 8,331 checks at a members-only House bank. There were no penalties for bouncing checks.

Markey was among those who wrote checks with insufficient funds.

MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes said Monday that Markey “got a sweetheart deal from an exclusive bank to avoid the fees that working families have to pay when they overdraw their accounts.”

A spokesman for Markey said he apologized for what he called the “unintentional overdrafts” and voted to prevent it from ever happening again.

The comments come days after Democrats faulted Markey’s Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez for taking a $281,000 tax deduction for promising not to alter his historic Cohasset home.

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