Sisters before misters--Murray backs Coakley

Senate president calls AG "a trailblazer and true leader" - “She sticks her neck out, that’s why I like her"
Attorney General Martha Coakley's (left) gubernatorial campaign gets endorsement from State Senate President Therese Murray (right).

First women elected senate president wants to aid first woman elected governor

Back in 2010 in a post-mortem on Attorney General Martha Coakley’s failed bid for the U.S. Senate, Senate President Therese Murray, called Coakley an “excellent candidate” who was “badly handled” by her top advisors and overcome by Scott Brown’s “brilliant media strategy.”

Today, four years later, Murray is again backing Coakley, but this time in her bid to become the governor of Massachusetts describing her as a “fighter” and adding, “She sticks her neck out, that’s why I like her".

Local state senators' support

Senator Therese Murray's district includes Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich on Cape Cod as well as Plymouth, Pembroke and Kingston in Plymouth County.

Referencing Coakley's loss to Scott Brown in 2010, Murray said, “We talked about that, but I also feel that after the primary last time that there were individuals that should have come together – you know that unity thing we do? – that didn’t necessarily do that. Where they did for Liz Warren, they didn’t do it for Martha Coakley. And I think that was one of the reasons she did not win.”

Senator Murray, who was Coakley’s honorary fundraising chair in 2010, noted her work with Coakley on issues like foreclosures, human trafficking, lowering health care costs and protecting women’s reproductive rights.

Murray was the first woman senate president

Murray pointed to her own status as the first female senate president in Massachusetts and said she hoped Coakley would later this year “make history again” when she becomes the first woman elected governor.

There has been one women "acting" governor in Massachusetts who was not elected, but took office when the elected governor quit. Jane Swift was acting governor when Governor Paul Cellucci left to become Ambassador to Canada.

Other Democrats seeking governor's nomination

There are four other Democratic candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor:

  1. Juliette Kayyem, a former national security advisor
  2. Don Berwick, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
  3. State Treasurer Steven Grossman.
  4. Joe Avellone III, a surgeon and former Wellesley selectman.

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