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.
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seat’ to the Republicans has loomed so large in the Massachusetts psyche, and among Democrats nationwide, that it has superseded her successes.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.”