Martha Coakley on Principles & Values



I know how tough my 2010 Senate loss was for many people

Coakley has been leading all the opinion polls but barely skimmed into second place with 23% of convention votes. Some delegates seemed anxious that she will not be a winnable candidate in the general election because of her stunning 2010 loss to Republican Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate special election. "The 2010 Senate election was very painful for a lot of people in this room," Coakley said in her speech to delegates, trying to tackle that elephant in the room.

"I felt it really was important to say to people, 'I know how tough that loss was,' " Coakley said afterward. "I think people recognize that we don't win every race."

Coakley said she's jumping back into the political ring to continue to fight for issues she's worked on as attorney general. With a tight smile and a wave, she insisted she was pleased with Saturday's results. "It's terrific. We had a goal coming in that we wanted to get our 15% to get on the ballot," Coakley said. "We've had a great day."

Source: WBUR on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race at Convention , Jun 15, 2014

Considers herself a liberal, but look at the record

The candidates sought to distinguish themselves on their records. "I'm running because, and I'm very proud to say it, even with the cameras here, I'm a liberal," Capuano said.

Coakley did not call herself a liberal in her speech, but she told reporters outside that she considers herself a liberal. Then she qualified it. "I think that these labels in Massachusetts particularly don't mean as much as they might," she said. "I think you have to look at people's records."

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2009 MA Senate race , Oct 13, 2009

BA from Williams; JD from Boston U.; resides in Medford

Attorney General Martha Coakley has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to a career in public service. Coakley has a strong history as an advocate--not only for individuals and communities, but also for the best interests of the Commonwealth at large.

Attorney General Coakley began her legal career in 1979, practicing civil litigation in Boston. She joined the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in 1986. In 1998, Coakley was elected Middlesex District Attorney.

Martha Coakley received a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Williams College in 1975, and a J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford, Massachusetts, with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, Jr. In her spare time, Coakley is an avid reader, and enjoys downhill skiing, walking her Labrador Retrievers, Jackson and Beauregard, and kayaking with her husband on the Mystic Lakes.

Source: Biography on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Sep 4, 2009

Values: family, community, pitch in, plan for future

I grew up in Western Massachusetts, in North Adams. My dad owned a small insurance agency and my mom was a full time homemaker. They raised five children, and we walked to St. Joseph's school. My parents instilled in us the importance of family and community, pitching in, and planning for the future.

These values have directed me throughout my life and career, from my first job scooping ice cream at Howard Johnson's, through my time as Attorney General.

Source: Senate candidacy announcement speech , Sep 3, 2009

Served public for 20 years as District Attorney then AG

I have been privileged over the past twenty plus years to serve the public: as an Assistant District Attorney, as a federal prosecutor fighting organized crime, as Middlesex District Attorney and today as your Massachusetts Attorney General.

As Middlesex District Attorney, I sought justice for the victims of crimes, to make our homes, schools, and communities safer, and to ensure a fairer system for everyone.

As Attorney General, I represent the Commonwealth as well as the people of the Commonwealth. I took on Wall Street firms, recovering tens of millions of dollars, and addressed root causes of the foreclosure crisis.

We've enforced fair labor laws, advocated for lower utility and insurance rates, and obtained restitution for consumers and the Commonwealth from pharmaceutical companies and health insurers who drive up health care costs. We've protected consumers and kids from identity theft and sexual predators.

Source: Senate candidacy announcement speech , Sep 3, 2009

Planned Senate campaign for year prior to Kennedy's passing

[In announcing for Senate], the 56-year-old Medford Democrat spoke of her childhood in North Adams and her history of public service: assistant district attorney, federal prosecutor, Middlesex district attorney, and her current role as state attorney general. "And now I hope to bring my experience to Washington," Coakley said. "I want to go to Washington to represent the commonwealth and to make government work for you to remove barriers, provide opportunities, and to renew the promise of our democracy."

[Coakley is the first to announce for what should be a crowded field for the US Senate]. She has been quietly putting together her probable Senate campaign over the past year. Nor has she been shy about her political ambitions, consistentl saying she would entertain running for higher office--including Sen. Kerry's seat, when he was rumored to be on the short list for the nation's secretary of state, or for Gov. Patrick's seat, were he to accept an appointment in the Obama administration.

Source: Matt Viser and Andrew Ryan, Boston Globe , Sep 2, 2009

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