BOSTON-- Today, The Boston Globe's Scott Lehigh blasted Democratic big wigs, Treasurer Steven Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley for putting their pet special interest groups ahead of voters.
"It is alarming that the two public officials in the race for Governor, Coakley and Grossman appear to have the most to hide from voters," said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. "Coakley failing this simple test of transparency is unfortunately more of the same from the woman who has violated campaign finance laws repeatedly and refused to offer a full explanation or agree to an independent state investigation."
Lehigh On Coakley: "Which brings us to Martha Coakley. As attorney general, Coakley is forever calling for more transparency, so surely as a candidate, she’d aggressively embrace openness. Not quite. What I got instead was calculated Coakley campaign caution.
“'Martha will commit to releasing questionnaires if all candidates agree to do the same so that there is a level playing field for everyone,' e-mailed campaign consultant Kyle Sullivan.
"In other words, Coakley won’t be a bold standard-setter, but if others consent, she’ll go along."
"There are three problems with that position. First, there’s no way to verify that you’d be getting the exact same answer. Second, some of the questionnaire issues are so arcane or subterranean that reporters and citizens would never think to ask about them.
"But the biggest problem is that Grossman has his priorities backwards. How about putting respect for voters and for transparency over deference to constituency groups?"