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Senate Race Underway, With Little Notice

In the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, Republican state Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley are both having trouble attracting the attention of voters and the media.

What if they held a campaign event and no media except for WBUR turned up? That's what happened to both major-party candidates in the U.S. Senate race Wednesday.

Scott Brown stood alone at a podium next to a giant restaurant tab that he called the "Martha Coakley Tax Bill," and warned of additional taxes Massachusetts voters would have to pay if Coakley gets to the Senate and Democrats have their way.

Brown called his wife, Gail Huff, a reporter for WCVB-TV (Ch. 5), to find out why none of the television crews turned out for his press conference at his Needham campaign headquarters. Turns out the TV crews were covering a road rage incident.

Coakley wasn't getting much attention, either. Only WBUR covered her address to realtors.

The general election is being held on Jan. 19.

This program aired on December 17, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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