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Mass. Political Roundup: Sparks Fly In Attorney General Race; Tierney Looks Past Primary06:34
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Bay state political pundits have been complaining about the relatively sleepy nature of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. But, there is a contest to get the blood going: the primary battle for attorney general.

Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general Warren Tolman, left, and Maura Healey. (Courtesy of the campaigns)
Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general Warren Tolman, left, and Maura Healey. (Courtesy of the campaigns)

John Miller is running on the Republican side. But, it's the close, heated fight between the two Democrats — former deputy Attorney General Maura Healy and former state Sen. Warren Toleman — that's drawing a lot of attention. In fact, at a Boston Globe debate Tuesday, things turned downright pugilistic.

"We're running for the office of attorney general. The chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth," said Tolman.

"I know," said Healey. "I've been there.

"No, you haven't been Attorney General," responded Tolman. "You were one of several hundred people that worked under the auspices of the attorney general."

"Warren, I ran half of that office."

Also, in the Bay State's 6th district, Rep. John Tierney of Salem is facing primary bids from democrats Seth Moulton and Marissa DeFranco.

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Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter. She tweets @asmamk.

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WBUR: Race For Attorney General Turns Testy At Debate

  • "With less than two weeks until Primary Day, the two Democrats running for attorney general are locked in a tight fight."

This segment aired on August 27, 2014.

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