It’s not exactly driving the money changers from the temple, but Martha Coakley wants outside cash out of the MA race for Governor. Today she called for a people’s pledge for the Dem candidates to eschew super PAC blind contributions. She’d found that competitor Steve Grossman (MA Treasurer and Receiver General) would benefit from a forming super PAC. She’s agin it and told me she was surprised and frankly disappointed.
She came by her view honestly, railing against Citizens United, to the point of getting other AG’s to start campaigns in their states for an amendment to overturn the SCOTUS decision. She also is trying to return the power to states to regulate campaign finance in their borders.
She joined Left Ahead today for a chat. By the bye, I did ask whether there was friction as both she and Grossman competed. She claims collegiality and that when they meet at debates and such they are pleasant and keep to issues.
Click below to listen in as we speak of the campaign and her particular issues. While having a solid law-enforcement/criminal-justice career, she is not running as the law-and-order candidate. Rather, her platform covers a wide range. We touched on many planks. For a few examples, we concurred on getting involved earlier and better with kids as well as adults to avoid incarceration, ensure real rehabilitation and enable reintegration into society. On the other hand, she has health-care proposals for reducing costs, emphasizing mental health and more, but does not share my love of single-payer, which she described as not in itself “a way to save costs.” We seemed to meet in the middle on fiber for internet speed. I am chagrined at how European and Asian nations skunk us with our feeble copper to their fiber. She agreed that we should be a leader in such technologies and as governor would work toward that…otherwise no promises.
While many of the planks she proposes are fundamental, progressive sorts, she is convinced she’d be able to realize them. She speaks of massive infrastructure improvements and maintenance in areas like transportation and telecommunications. She seems undaunted by the prospect of getting them legislated and funded. She compared these to health care, in that we didn’t ask whether it was possible, rather how to accomplish the reform. Listen in as she speaks of areas where she worked with the legislature on manifesting big goals.