MassGOP Chair on Democrat Martha Coakley's Announcement

Boston- With Martha Coakley's "pollster" inspired decision to jump into the Democratic primary, the field is rounding out with almost equally flawed candidates making the choice for liberals tough come September 2014.

 

 

"With Coakley repeating the same disastrous mistakes that doomed her last run for higher office, now Massachusetts Democrats have yet another bad option." said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP Chairman. "As Coakley, Grossman, Kayyem, Wolf and the rest of them duke it out for the title of biggest tax and spender, voters are about to get an uncomfortable look at a battle of career politicians looking to out-liberal each other."

Martha Coakley is already repeating past mistakes, not connecting with voters, snubbing her party's grassroots activists and relying on pollsters and consultants.

Coakley's decision to run was based on pollsters and consultants, not voters. "Coakley insiders say she has yet to make a final decision about whether to run, but confirm that much of her decision depends on whether she can assemble a highly talented group of organizers, media consultants, and pollsters." (Frank Phillips, "Baker enters governor’s race, Coakley weighs bid," Boston Globe 9/5/13)

Coakley snubs party activists. "But, she has for the most part avoided smaller summer conclaves: the barbecues, picnics, and living-room caucuses that mark off-year party activity. Those events can draw as many as 100 or more activists who are the core of the party infrastructure. Her absence is a perceived slight that has not gone unnoticed." (Frank Phillips, "Trepidation remains over Martha Coakley," Boston Globe 9/13/13)

Steve Grossman praised the largest tax hike in state history and the job killing tech tax and appears to have serious issues with his personal finances.

Grossman praised the largest tax hike in state history. ”Grossman said the governor’s “aspirational vision” of building a modern transportation system and investing in education are laudable goals, but refused to say whether it lived up to his “acid test” of being fiscally prudent, responsible and disciplined. (Matt Murphy, “WITH EYE ON 2014, GROSSMAN LAYS OUT FIVE OBJECTIVES HE’D HAVE AS GOVERNOR,” State House News Service, 2/27/13)

Grossman backed the recent $500 Million tax hike and the controversial job kiling tech tax. "While the Legislature's $800-million budget and transportation plan that will eventually become law is not as much as the Governor sought, let us not lose sight of the fact that it is still a major step forward toward meeting our most urgent priorities." ("SHNS Q&A: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ON TRANSPORTATION AND TAXES," SHNS 7/17/13)

Grossman failed to pay taxes on three homes."It was also a surprise to find state Treasurer Steve Grossman occasionally late paying the taxes on his three homes. 'I’ve got nobody to blame but myself. Is it embarrassing? Absolutely, embarrassing. You should pay your real estate taxes on time. I should have paid them on time,' Grossman said." (Sean Kelly, "Half of Massachusetts lawmakers paid local taxes late," WCVB, 10/26/12)

Grossman could owe up to $500,000 in back taxes. (Josh Miller, "State Treasurer could face massive tax bill," Boston Globe, 8/23/13)

Don Berwick launched his campaign from Florida. "But Bay State political analysts questioned the timing of his campaign rollout, when Berwick was not even in Massachusetts. In the interview with the Globe, he said he was speaking from a Washington-area airport before boarding a flight to Florida." (Boston Globe 6/18)

Juliette Kayyem: Dismissed uproar over tech tax as "hoopla" and said she would look at taxing the industry in the future. "I think there's been enough hoopla about it that we should maybe revisit a tech tax. But I want to make clear this is a mature industry that has lobbyists and others who can debate with legislators so to stand there and say I'm never gonna have a tech tax is ridiculous. You don't know what the industry is gonna look like in the future." (WGBH 9/11)

Boston- With Martha Coakley's "pollster" inspired decision to jump into the Democratic primary, the field is rounding out with almost equally flawed candidates making the choice for liberals tough come September 2014.

"With Coakley repeating the same disastrous mistakes that doomed her last run for higher office, now Massachusetts Democrats have yet another bad option." said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP Chairman. "As Coakley, Grossman, Kayyem, Wolf and the rest of them duke it out for the title of biggest tax and spender, voters are about to get an uncomfortable look at a battle of career politicians looking to out-liberal each other."

Martha Coakley is already repeating past mistakes, not connecting with voters, snubbing her party's grassroots activists and relying on pollsters and consultants.

Coakley's decision to run was based on pollsters and consultants, not voters. "Coakley insiders say she has yet to make a final decision about whether to run, but confirm that much of her decision depends on whether she can assemble a highly talented group of organizers, media consultants, and pollsters." (Frank Phillips, "Baker enters governor’s race, Coakley weighs bid," Boston Globe 9/5/13)

Coakley snubs party activists. "But, she has for the most part avoided smaller summer conclaves: the barbecues, picnics, and living-room caucuses that mark off-year party activity. Those events can draw as many as 100 or more activists who are the core of the party infrastructure. Her absence is a perceived slight that has not gone unnoticed." (Frank Phillips, "Trepidation remains over Martha Coakley," Boston Globe 9/13/13)

Steve Grossman praised the largest tax hike in state history and the job killing tech tax and appears to have serious issues with his personal finances.

Grossman praised the largest tax hike in state history. ”Grossman said the governor’s “aspirational vision” of building a modern transportation system and investing in education are laudable goals, but refused to say whether it lived up to his “acid test” of being fiscally prudent, responsible and disciplined. (Matt Murphy, “WITH EYE ON 2014, GROSSMAN LAYS OUT FIVE OBJECTIVES HE’D HAVE AS GOVERNOR,” State House News Service, 2/27/13)

Grossman backed the recent $500 Million tax hike and the controversial job kiling tech tax. "While the Legislature's $800-million budget and transportation plan that will eventually become law is not as much as the Governor sought, let us not lose sight of the fact that it is still a major step forward toward meeting our most urgent priorities." ("SHNS Q&A: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ON TRANSPORTATION AND TAXES," SHNS 7/17/13)

Grossman failed to pay taxes on three homes."It was also a surprise to find state Treasurer Steve Grossman occasionally late paying the taxes on his three homes. 'I’ve got nobody to blame but myself. Is it embarrassing? Absolutely, embarrassing. You should pay your real estate taxes on time. I should have paid them on time,' Grossman said." (Sean Kelly, "Half of Massachusetts lawmakers paid local taxes late," WCVB, 10/26/12)

Grossman could owe up to $500,000 in back taxes. (Josh Miller, "State Treasurer could face massive tax bill," Boston Globe, 8/23/13)

Don Berwick launched his campaign from Florida. "But Bay State political analysts questioned the timing of his campaign rollout, when Berwick was not even in Massachusetts. In the interview with the Globe, he said he was speaking from a Washington-area airport before boarding a flight to Florida." (Boston Globe 6/18)

Juliette Kayyem: Dismissed uproar over tech tax as "hoopla" and said she would look at taxing the industry in the future. "I think there's been enough hoopla about it that we should maybe revisit a tech tax. But I want to make clear this is a mature industry that has lobbyists and others who can debate with legislators so to stand there and say I'm never gonna have a tech tax is ridiculous. You don't know what the industry is gonna look like in the future." (WGBH 9/11)