Anybody’s first reaction to a statement like that is “Who said that?” Because once they know who said it, they can speak to the motives of the accuser.
Of course Kerry Healey is going to say something bad about Deval. She’s running against him.
On the other hand, Deval’s answer was great…
I’m paraphrasing here,
I made a judgement call ten years ago without thoughts towards future aspirations.
Or In other words, he made the best decision given the information he had at the time. He didn’t stop and think, “Hmm, I bet I’ll be running for office ten years from now, I better not send a letter supporting LaGuer. Some nasty republican candidate might use it againt me in campaign ads.”
Would you really want a governor to be that cautious? Not me.