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The Race for Attorney General

The gubernatorial election has consumed most of the political oxygen in the state, but there are other races on the ballot next Tuesday. The contest for Attorney General pits Democrat and Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley against Republican Attorney Larry Frisoli.

He is perhaps best known for his representation of the estate of Jeffrey Curley, the ten year old boy who died at the hands of two men attempting to sexually assault him. Frisoli served as Vice Mayor of Cambridge and Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County in the 1970s. He has not held public office since then. As attorney general, he would add convicted drug dealers to the public sex offender registry, work to toughen laws relating to gang activities, and create a statewide child safety law enforcement program to protect children from sexual predators.

On the other side is Democrat Martha Coakley, who is currently serving her second term as Middlesex County District Attorney. She is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tom Reilly and Scott Harshbarger, who both went from Middlesex DA to Attorney General. Coakley has handled numerous high-profile cases, in particular the Louise Woodward case, and she's considered by many to be a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Both Larry Frisoli and Martha Coakley speak with WBUR's Delores Handy.

This program aired on November 2, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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Delores Handy was formerly a host and reporter at WBUR.

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