AG Coakley’s Pre-K Etcha-A-Sketch Effort Exposed

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley is coyly trying to undo a billion-dollar promise she made countless times throughout the Democrats’ bruising primary while still paying lip service to her liberal base. Unfortunately for the AG, the media sees through her pledge for “universal pre-K.”

“It looks like the Attorney General is trying to choose between letting down the ‘all means all’ crowd she lost in her bruising primary, and admitting she backed a $1.5 billion promise she has to raise taxes to finance,” said Kirsten Hughes MassGOP chairman. “Either way, making promises you can’t keep and misleading voters is a lose-lose especially for a career politician who clearly will say anything to get elected.”

The Pre-K Promise:
“‘When I am governor, there will be universal pre-K for all children’” (Sarah Birnbaum, “Is ‘Universal Pre-K’ A Realistic Campaign Promise, Or Political Hyperbole?,” NEPR, 9/25/14)

The General Election Backtrack:
“Coakley had been calling her plan ‘universal pre-K’ during the primary, but has since stopped doing so.” (Sarah Birnbaum, “Is ‘Universal Pre-K’ A Realistic Campaign Promise, Or Political Hyperbole?,” NEPR, 9/25/14)

“…it isn’t really a plan for universal pre-K.” (Evan Horowitz, “Inside Baker’s economic plan, Coakley’s education offer,” The Boston Globe, 9/25/14)

“So would Coakley’s plan really achieve universal pre-kindergarten in
Massachusetts? ‘I would say no,’ said Amy O’Leary, the Early Education for All
campaign director at Strategies for Children.” (Matt Murphy and Gintautus Dumcius, “COAKLEY PLAN A “START” TOWARD PLEDGE OF UNIVERSAL EARLY ED,” SHNS, 9/23/14

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