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Democrat Coakley To Run For Mass. Governor

Attorney General Martha Coakley speaks at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell Saturday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Attorney General Martha Coakley speaks at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell on July 13, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — Martha Coakley, the popular Democratic state attorney general who lost the 2010 U.S. Senate special election to Scott Brown, is joining the race for Massachusetts governor, her campaign announced Sunday.

Coakley, 60, planned a formal campaign announcement Monday morning in her hometown of Medford, followed by a three-day blitz of 18 cities and towns. She intended to discuss her vision for strengthening the state’s economy and improving its education system, her campaign announced.

“Massachusetts is poised to take off,” Coakley said in a statement. “We can either grab this moment and move forward together, or risk falling behind.

“I believe we must continue to rebuild our economy in a way that gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and launch new education reforms so that every child and adult has the skills they need to compete in a global economy,” she said.

She planned to release a video announcement of her candidacy Monday morning at www.marthacoakley.com and greet voters in Medford.

Coakley scheduled stops in Brockton, Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis for Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, she expected to campaign in Newton, Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield, North Adams, Boston, Lowell, Lawrence, Newburyport, Gloucester and Salem, among other stops.

Coakley is joining a field that has become crowded since Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick announced he wouldn’t seek a third term next year.

The other Democrats already in the race include state Treasurer Steven Grossman, former Obama administration health care official Don Berwick, former federal and state homeland security official Juliette Kayyem and former Wellesley selectman Joseph Avellone.

The candidacy of another Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, state Sen. Dan Wolf, is pending the outcome of discussions with the state Ethics Commission over his ownership stake in Cape Air.

Democrats also are awaiting the decisions of U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

Republican Charles Baker is the only GOP candidate to declare for the governor’s race.

Coakley’s loss to Brown, a Republican, in the 2010 Senate race was a stunning upset that rocked both the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, who viewed the seat as safe for Democrats and Coakley as the pivotal 60th vote to preserve the Democratic “supermajority” in the Senate.

Coakley faces an unusual political hurdle in Massachusetts political history — the “curse” of the attorney general’s office.

Since 1958, five former Massachusetts attorneys general have sought the governor’s office. All five — George Fingold, Edward J. McCormack Jr., Francis X. Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger and Tom Reilly — failed, either by losing their party’s primary, losing the general election or, in the case of Fingold, dying before Election Day.

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  • boydmarie25

    I just wrote a whole comment about this,and once again when i write something good , i don’t know,i hit submit,and it;s gone. All i wanted to say is when DCF and the police came to my home without a warrant and took our little angel, not only were we heart brocken,but felt did we have a right left in this world. No one was arrested, no raids, No bank Jobs, Oh yes thats right they would need a warrant for that. That is what the American People are forgetting this affects us all. Everyday we lose another right. Now i called Martha Coakleys office because like i saId from the beginning of all this, my mother used to tell me,that if someone who worked for the state, was bothering you,then you can always call a politician. I am glad she is not here to see not only this terror, but to see what has become of her dear Democrats. My mother was in a wheel chair at an early age, and yes she was an alcoholic.She had a stroke t the age of 39. She believed what i thought DCF used to,before they were making money off the kids. It isn’t what you did,it;s what your doing now. By the way ,one of you politicians that I have called and asked for your help have called,you may want to make sure my granddaughter is doing well. Because if she is harmed ,I will hang you up in lawsuits ,until the end of time ,but by then GOD will have his vengance. I have to worry every minute about who is living in that house,when she has a NaNa and a Mommy who love her very much. First i would like to thank the ADA in Brockton for warning me who did this, but i would have been able to tell,by the five officers in that court room,,. To Attorney general Martha Coakley who is running for GOV. She was one of the politicians i called,and guess what. They called me back and said they didn’t get involved ,no one could with DCF, I guess there running the state. So for an office who doesn’t get involved, could you please tell me, why Virginia Peel Esquire, and also Asst. Attorney general, Is the Legal For DCF, Is going after a loved child,that is now , abused. Thanks for all your help. Sorry i don’t act like this alot,but try not knowing who is giving your granddaughter a bath. By the way I am feeling stronger. That must be that S.W. I speek with on occasion. Good Luck

  • Peter Terry

    Go Martha! If you want to win this time, we need more than platitudes from you…we need to know where you stand on the issues that are important to us, the residents and voters of the Commonwealth. So don’t tell us that you are going to make sure we all get great education and great jobs. Nonsense! Many of us wouldn’t know what to do with great education and couldn’t possibly qualify for great jobs. But there are things we are entitled to, and better government, government for the people is one of them. Give us specifics and we will respond. And, most importantly, listen to what we have to say. Call for town halls in every town in the State and go to as many of them as you can, and pledge to listen and take note of what we say, what we want. And pledge to return to listen to the people once you are elected. We need a hands on governor, not an ivory tower governor. You show us you will be a new kind of governor, a people’s governor, and we’ll give you the job.

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