BOSTON-- "The hallmark of Coakley's failed 2010 senate campaign was her negative ad habits against Scott Brown. It appears that she's trying her hand at negative campaigning again. It was a failed strategy then and it is failed strategy now," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "If Martha keeps this up, Charlie Baker could be the next Republican to beat her."
BY Nick DeLuca
In what could perhaps be considered the very first political attack ad of they year and that of the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, current Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley dispatched an email to supporters calling outRepublican candidate Charlie Baker for his stance on a minimum wage initiative that passed the state Senate at the end of last year.
Coakley, who made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate back in 2010 after losing to Republican Scott Brown, expressed a need for Massachusetts "to increase the minimum wage now," according to her email, and that "Charlie Baker doesn't see it that way. Just this past week, he spoke to a Chamber of Commerce and reiterated his opposition to raising the minimum wage."
For his part, Baker released a campaign video this morning titled "Time To Be Great" in which he acknowledges the Bay State's notoriously high "cost of living," which doesn't bode well for any anti-minimum wage sentiments.
The only issue is: Coakley has taken Baker's stance completely out of context.
Coakley referenced a recent speech "to a Chamber of Commerce" where he "reiterated his opposition to raising the minimum wage." But that isn't entirely true.
Yes, Baker declined to endorse the Senate-approved measure to increase minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 per hour in a span of three years due to the impact it could have on the likes of small business retailers and restaurants. But he also offered up an alternative solution.
He proposed a "special minimum wages for workers who are at training levels and teenagers," according to Fitchburg's Sentinel & Enterprise for "teenagers [who] are not primary wage earners and that they often have difficulty finding work." He also put forth the idea that the commonwealth "piggyback on the federal earned income tax credit which gives about $55 billion back to low-income workers every year."
Coakley argues that since 1968 the inflation adjusted value of the tipped minimum wage has fallen 58 percent, meaning that those in the restaurant industry and others who receive tips to help supplement their income have actually lost money since their base rate was secured at $2.63 – where it's stood since 1999.
To check out Baker's new campaign clip, check out the video below. Beneath that you'll find the transcribed email sent by Coakley.