Attorney General Maura Healey announced this morning that she is throwing her hat in the ring for governor of Massachusetts. Healey has the trappings of a favorite at this stage, with strong campaign coffers and higher name recognition than her major opponents. Additionally, she's the only candidate in the running who has already won a statewide race.
But the road from the attorney general's office to the governorship hasn't been an easy one historically. Three Massachusetts attorneys general got the nomination in the last 24 years and lost. The last attorney general to be governor? Paul Dever in 1948, who lost his first bid for the office. Can Maura Healey buck the trend?
We speak with WBUR senior statehouse reporter Steve Brown and former Massachusetts attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Scott Harshbarger about the barriers as well as the advantages that go along with making the jump from attorney general to governor.
This segment aired on January 20, 2022.