As you know I stay out of politics. I did tip my toe into it with an article before the primary based on a conversation with my son: Martha, Maura and My Son. I had no intention of doing another one. But here it is and my motivations for doing it will be explained as I go along.
First let me get one thing out of the way which is Maura Healey’s candidacy for attorney general. She is gutsy and adventurous, after graduating from Harvard she went off to Europe to play professional basketball for two years; and a truly dedicated public servant who stepped down from a high paying position at one of Boston’s top legal firms, I used to know it as Hale and Dorr, to join the Attorney General’s office where she has worked for 7 years. My favorite story about her is that during her victory party after the primaries a group of the poorest among us, those with severe disabilities, arrived. She stopped what she was doing and immediately went to them. She hugged and conversed with each one.
That is the type of person, intelligent, compassionate and who participated in team sports, who belongs in the attorney generals office. We know where her heart is. She doesn’t need my endorsement, I assume she will win easily. Her opponent cannot articulate any reason to vote for him. I would not have written about her at all except I wanted to keep the symmetry with my prior post. The real intent of this post is to discuss Martha Coakley.
I do that because some have told me they voted for Martha and Maura in the primary based on my recommendation but hesitate to vote for Martha in the final. They are upset about the prosecutions of Cahill and O’Brien. Irish amnesia is at work.
I want to remind them to look at the big picture. The people who are the enemies of Martha are people they have learned to mistrust. They should not let their amnesia block that out.
Her candidacy is being undermined by unfair and untruthful actions seeking to undermine it. There is the outlier poll which resulted in the headline : “Baker Clobbering Coakley in Latest Globe Poll.” That headline shouted out loud and clear that Martha was washed up – one could hear Thomas Gray’s “dirges due in sad array” for her candidacy.
I’ve noted the poll made no sense. It changed the identity of people polled in such a manner as to give Baker a bigger lead. Among Independents polled those who leaned toward Democrats were 13% whereas before they were 15%; those who leaned Republican were 17% where before they were 16%, a twist of 3% toward Baker. MA enrollment breakdown in 2012 is Democratic 35.9% and Republican 11.35%. The Globe’s poll is Democrat 36% and Republican 14%, again skewing toward the Republicans by 3%. These were little changes but all slanted in the direction of Charlie Baker to produce a significantly more favorable result.
The Globe has endorsed Baker. So has the Herald. This is quite a gang-up on Coakley. We shouldn’t let it pass. If you judge Coakley by her enemies, then surely you’ll want to vote for her. She’s not going to be serving their special interests as we’ve seen so many other governors do.
I know you’ve all heard Martha referred to as Marsha. That’s been hammered out by Howie Carr for several years. Anyone who knows Howie knows his stock in trade is to demean good people. Recall how he continually besmirched the reputation of Billy Bulger. I’d think anyone would have a repulsion to supporting anyone he backs.
He plays to the worst instincts of people. Voting the way he wants will further empower him to spread his evil talk. He has little regard for the truth. We’ve seen it in his books. He is only interested in his own personal aggrandizement.
Seriously, if you tend to think you’ll vote against Coakley, think of what you will be voting for. If you think Coakley was wrong in prosecuting O’Brien or Cahill and plan to vote against her for that, consider the Howie was a prominent voice in condemning them also. Howie and his people, including Baker, would have had no trouble prosecuting them.
Aside from his scandalous treatment of Billy Bulger and other politicians who have come from the common folk, think of this. Carr has partnered with one of the worst people to ever to live in our area, John Martorano. He and Martorano wrote a book, Hitman, where they have made tons of money by bragging about murdering people. The families of those victims suffer additional hurt while Carr stuffs his pockets with money dripping with their blood. If you want to follow him he will lead you to perdition.
Remember how close he was to the last Republican governor Romney, who also supports Baker. Romney was going to appoint to the Board of Trustees at the University of Massachusetts Howie Carr, Alan Dershowitz and Judge George Daher for the explicit purpose of doing a hit on Billy Bulger.
Don’t let Irish amnesia let you forget that people like Baker empower the haters like Howie Carr and use them to undermine good people. Martha Coakley is a good person. She needs your vote.