Candidates for Lieutenant Governor Debate

Republican and Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor taped their second debate on Friday, this time without their independent and Green-Rainbow party opponents.

Republican Representative Reed Hillman and Worcester Mayor Tim Murray locked horns on pension reform, property taxes, and crime, with few new arguments.

In recent days gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey has, for the most part, dropped her attacks on Deval Patrick for his involvement in the case of convicted rapist Benjamin Laguer, but Hillman picked up that argument, saying it wouldn't be a problem if Patrick was working for Laguer as a paid defense attorney. What bothered Hillman, he said, was that Patrick voluntarily wrote letters on behalf of Leguer.

Murray accused the Romney-Healey Administration of gutting police units statewide and said he and Patrick would put 1000 new police on the streets.

The debate will air Sunday morning on channels 4 and 38.Meanwhile, the independent candidate for the Lieutenant Governor's race lost his bid to be included in today's debate. Christy Mihos's running mate, John Sullivan, had filed a lawsuit earlier in the week, requesting an injunction to force WBZ-TV to allow him to participate in today's debate. Federal Judge Patti Saris decided today that the station's first amendment rights would be violated, if she forced them to include Sullivan.

This program aired on October 27, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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