Coakley’s First TV Ad Ignores Western MA, Panned By Media

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley’s first television ad is running only in Boston, ignoring the Springfield area and Western Massachusetts voters. Making matters worse, the ad was panned by media yesterday.

“It’s not clear whether Coakley’s splintered support and abysmal fundraising made a statewide ad buy cost prohibitive, or if she is taking Western Massachusetts for granted, but she sent a clear signal to voters in the Springfield area that she is not interested in talking to them,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “Coakley took the people of Massachusetts for granted once and failed in spectacular fashion and it looks like she didn’t learn from her mistakes.”


Coakley’s Television Commercial is running only in Boston. “A campaign source said that the ad, produced by AKPD, will only air in the Boston market.” (Garrett Quinn, “Martha Coakley releases first TV ad of her campaign for governor,” Springfield Republican, 8/12/14)

The Boston Magazine’s David Bernstein harshly criticized Coakley’s first ad. “It’s tough to be Martha Coakley, apparently. “The political insiders, the big-money Super PACs, the old boys club—they’re all against her,” laments the narrator of her first televised ad of the gubernatorial campaign. Poor Martha. Woe is she.” (David Bernstein, “Woe Is Martha Coakley,” Boston Magazine, 8/13/14)