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

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September 26, 2014

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Emmalee Kalmbach
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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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In Case You Missed It! Coakley’s Ad Features A Democrat Supporting Baker

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September 17, 2014    

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Emmalee Kalmbach
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BOSTON– The Springfield Republican caught up with a Democrat prominently featured in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s latest ad but unfortunately for the AG, she lost the support of yet another member of her party.  In 2010, she misspelled Massachusetts in an attack ad. 

SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN
By Robert Rizzuto
9/17/14

SPRINGFIELD — For the past few days, Springfield real estate developer Evan Plotkin’s phone has been ringing with people asking him about his latest small screen appearance – in Martha Coakley’s new TV ad.

Although he says he doesn’t mind being featured prominently in the first half of the 30-second ad, Plotkin says no one ever asked him to be included and despite being a registered Democrat, he is actually favoring Republican Charlie Baker over Coakley in the gubernatorial race.

Coakley’s ad says she has a plan “to build an economy that works for everyone,” with the statement coming as Plotkin appears having a conversation with the current attorney general.

“The AG’s office is in my building and I’m there more often than not,” Plotkin said, referring to the MassLive office building on Main Street. “I have no problem appearing in Martha’s advertising, but I wasn’t asked to be in that. Maybe I’m naive and she used that intentionally. I don’t know. It’s not an endorsement. It’s nothing. I’m happy to talk to Martha or anyone else running for office about their political vision or agenda.”

Plotkin said he doesn’t remember anyone taking video of him during the depicted conversation with Coakley, but reiterated he isn’t mad about its inclusion in the ad.

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will compete with each other and three independents in the 2014 November general election for governor.
When asked about what led to him backing Baker over Coakley, Plotkin said it was partly Baker’s pledge that if he is elected and the casino law is overturned, he would “file legislation to put the Springfield casino back on the map.” Coakley said she’d keep an open mind on such an endeavor, but stopped short of endorsing the idea.

“I think that Charlie Baker took a pretty big gamble and I like that,” Plotkin said. “I think it shows integrity when someone follows his convictions over the status quo.”

Plotkin said he doesn’t consider himself a politically polarizing person and in fact, it is the divisive nature of politics today which is the problem.

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Coakley Denies Reality, Offers Empty Universal Pre-K Promise Without Funds To Back It Up

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September 16, 2014

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Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley is campaigning again today on her empty promise of universal pre-K education even though she has admitted she does not know how much it will cost or how she will pay for it. Even more laughable, Coakley denies reports by The Boston Globe and State House News Service about a study completed by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center which pegged the cost of universal pre-K at $1.5 billion.

“It is dishonest to promise parents a service for their children when she doesn’t know how or even if she will be able to make that service a reality,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “Coakley’s repeated denials of the findings of a legitimate study and subsequent media reports while refusing to give her own estimate of the cost is dishonest and proof that her pre-K pledge is just another empty promise from a career politician.”

Background:

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center found universal pre-K education would cost $1.5 billion annually. “Assuming a per pupil foundation budget of $13,999 (current PK-12 actual per pupil spending), expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to these 105,500 kids would cost roughly $1.48 billion annually.” (Jeff Bernstein and Luc Schuster, “Building a Foundation for Success,” Mass Budget Policy Center, 4/7/14)

Coakley denies MBPC’s study and refuses to say how she would pay for universal pre-k. “Coakley wants new services such as an extended school day and universal prekindergarten but will not say how much those programs would cost or how to pay for them. … ‘We know there’s a price tag to it,’ she told reporters on Friday. ‘I can’t think of anything in Massachusetts that’s more important . . . We will find a way to pay for it.’” (Michael Levenson, “Baker, Coakley steer clear of far-reaching tax talk,” The Boston Globe, 9/15/14)

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MassGOP Releases New Web Video: “With Friends Like These…”

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September 10, 2014    

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Emmalee Kalmbach
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BOSTON –  As Martha Coakley limps into the general election with less than 50 percent support from Democrat primary voters, the MassGOP’s latest video, “With Friends Like These…,”  highlights some of the challenges Coakley will face in unifying her divided party after a failed 2010 bid and a contentious 2014 primary. This video follows up “One-Party Brawl,” a daily rundown of the most vicious attacks in the race.

“It is going to be one awkward breakfast for Berwick, Coakley and Grossman after this intensely divisive and negative primary race,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “Voters need only to look at Coakley’s fellow democrats to find out her plans are fake, her judgement is questionable and she lacks real readership.”

Click here to watch “With Friends Like These…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J4R7bRoSWU

“One-Party Brawl” Releases:

MassGOP Launches  “One-Party Brawl”
One-Party Brawl: Coakley “Long On Wind And Short On Answers”
One-Party Brawl: Another Debate, Coakley Lashes Out
One-Party Brawl: Dems Hang Coakley’s 2010 Loss “Around Her Neck Like An Ugly Christmas Cravat”

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One-Party Brawl: Dems Hang Coakley’s 2010 Loss “Around Her Neck Like An Ugly Christmas Cravat”

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September 8, 2014    

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Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

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Daily Update of the Rights, Lefts and Hay-makers Thrown by Dem Guv Wannabes

BOSTON – Now that State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Don Berwick and Attorney General Martha Coakley are in a deeply divisive and full-blown negative battle, the MassGOP launched “One-Party Brawl,” a daily recap of the Democrats’ gubernatorial infighting.

Today’s One-Party Brawl highlights how fellow Democrats’ attempts to undermine Coakley’s campaign by bringing up her US Senate flop are sticking, leaving Coakley back-pedaling while Charlie Baker surges ahead, according to The Boston Globe’sJoan Vennochi. The New York Times followed up with a similar analysis Sundaywhere Coakley acknowledged struggling to shed the 2010 loss while the Berkshire Eagle highlighted her failure’s ripple effect among activists in the paper’s recap of the primary.

LANDING PUNCHES:

The Boston Globe‘s Joan Vennochi: “IF TUESDAY’S primaries unfold as expected, the brand-new Charlie Baker gets to run for governor against the same old Martha Coakley.

“Baker shed his tie, and with it — at least so far — any past mistakes. By simply opening his top shirt button, it seems, the tense, compassion-deprived Republican who lost to Governor Deval Patrick in 2010 reemerged as mellow everyman.

“Coakley is not so lucky. Her 2010 loss to Scott Brown still hangs around her neck, like an ugly Christmas cravat.”

“After eight years of Democratic control of the executive and legislative branches, it feels like pendulum time in Massachusetts. The primary hasn’t helped Coakley, either.”

The New York Times: “But the magnitude of forfeiting ‘Teddy’s seat’ to the Republicans has loomed so large in the Massachusetts psyche, and among Democrats nationwide, that it has superseded her successes. ‘I’ll always be the woman who lost Ted Kennedy’s seat’”

The Berkshire Eagle: “Coakley has said she wants to win in part to erase memories of her defeat in a 2010 special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Edward M. ‘Ted’ Kennedy. Her comparatively weak showing among party regulars, officials and some activists — despite strong support in polls — is linked by most observers to that disappointing defeat to Republican Scott Brown.”

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