BOSTON --The results from the Democratic Party's convention caucuses are in and Attorney General Coakley is losing big. Coakley is not only losing delegates but the power brokers and liberal base are not rallying behind her as the entire field fails to generate excitement. What's worse, party leaders Governor Deval Patrick and Chairman Thomas McGee even refuted Coakley's front-runner status declaring the primary "open," creating a huge opportunity for her opponents.
"It is not surprising that Martha Coakley is failing to win over her party's faithful given her track record of lackluster campaigning," said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP Chairman. "While Coakley's full-court press to win ultra-liberals is failing big, she isn't alone as the entire Democratic field elicits yawns from the foot soldiers that were key in previous elections."
Martha Coakley is failing to excite party activists while Democratic power brokers refuse to support Coakley and even downplay her front-runner status.
Martha Coakley is not winning over party activists and failed an “early test” for gubernatorial candidates. “Attorney General Martha Coakley, despite a commanding lead in public opinion polls of Massachusetts Democratic voters, has failed to produce a strong showing among grass-roots activists in the party caucuses that are an early test of the gubernatorial candidates.” (Jim O’Sullivan, Frank Phillips, “Coakley makes weak early showing at caucuses,” The Boston Globe, 2/20/14)
Coakley is failing to generate the same enthusiasm that propelled Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren to victory. “But the biggest bloc of delegates, so far, is the roughly 50 percent who are publicly uncommitted, a historic number that reflects a field of candidates that has yet to generate the kind of enthusiasm that has animated recent Democratic campaigns.” (Jim O’Sullivan, Frank Phillips, “Coakley makes weak early showing at caucuses,” The Boston Globe, 2/20/14)
Beacon Hill power brokers are not supporting Coakley because of her “overly zealous” investigations. “On Beacon Hill, some lawmakers are peeved at Coakley, for what they view as her overly zealous investigation and prosecution of their colleagues for campaign finance and patronage transgressions.” (Jim O’Sullivan, Frank Phillips, “Coakley makes weak early showing at caucuses,” The Boston Globe, 2/20/14)
Despite Coakley leading in polls, Governor Patrick called the race “open.”“’I’ve talked to all or almost all of the candidates who just come in to ask for insights or mistakes to avoid,’ Patrick told the News Service. He said, ‘I like the fact that it’s a wide open field, not just among Democrats but broadly.’” (Andy Metzger, “PATRICK WILL DO “WHATEVER” DEM GUV NOMINEE ASKS HIM TO,” State House News Service, 2/19/14)
Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McGee refuted Coakley’s front runner status citing lackluster performances in the caucuses. “Thomas M. McGee, the state Democratic party chairman, said in a phone interview Sunday evening that none of the gubernatorial hopefuls seemed to have surged ahead of the pack in the early caucuses. “ (Josh Miller, “State Democrats mingle in Cambridge caucus,” The Boston Globe, 2/10/14)
The entire Democratic field is boring party activists. “Excitement is minimal. I suspect that 75 percent of all caucus participants would be fine reshuffling the deck and starting over with five new candidates. OK, that might be an overstatement; but so far none of these candidates seems to really beginning up the Democratic activists as far as I can tell.” (David Bernstein, “Eight Things You Should Know About the Massachusetts Democratic Caucuses,” Boston Magazine, 3/4/14)
Coakley celebrated garnering support from 15% of the delegates, the bare minimum needed to make the ballot. “Because of you, we can proudly say that we are the strongest campaign in fundraising and now have more than 15% of the votes heading into the Convention.” (Coakley Campaign Email, 3/4/14)