Who would have guessed, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) announced this morning that she will run for Governor in the 2014 election. Using the popular method of sending out a You Tube video she announced her intentions this morning before hitting the campaign trail.
We all remember Coakley from her last major race when she ran for the Senate to replace Ted Kennedy after his death. She lost to Scott Brown in a major upset. What remains to be seen is whether or not she has learned anything from that loss. She claims she has:
“Look, we’ve acknowledged, I’ve acknowledged that we made mistakes on that campaign trail and I’ve learned from that,” Coakley said. “I got right back to work in the AG’s office; I got right back out shaking hands and meeting people in order to run for Attorney General.” – Boston.com
In that race she was criticized for spending a lot of time fund raising out of state instead of being out on the trail in Massachusetts, something Brown did so effectively. She also will inherit some problems from Deval Patrick such as the recent cases of widespread abuse of the welfare system, pension fraud and theft from state run agencies. Of course if recent history is any indication, whoever the Republican nominee is, will actually have to bring these things up, something the candidates in the last two major races failed to do. When Scott Brown ran for reelection he never attacked the Democrats and their policies, nor did Gabriel Gomez when he ran for John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat. Both lost.
The only republican candidate so far is Charlie Baker who ran against Patrick in 2010 and he has his own set of problems including those pesky allegations that he was somehow responsible for the “Big Dig” financing scheme which has cost MA taxpayers billions.
One thing is for sure, the Democrats will take this race seriously. As they showed in the last two special elections they won’t be surprised.
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