After supporting John Edwards whom I did NOT know, and who turned out to be a creation of the media and phony, it matters to me whether I know someone in governance who becomes a candidate for higher office personally.
Before the Juvenile Court moved to the Old Third District rehabilitated courthouse at 121 Third Street, I spent a lot of time in the Sullivan Courthouse at 40 Thorndike. I got to know many of the clerks and workers in the building, because my county bar association also had its office there.
When asbestos was discovered, and the employees requested its safe removal, the Chief Justice for Administration and Management, Robert Mulligan, “played hardball”, including midnight uncertified asbestos removal, and worse.
Martha Coakley, then Middlesex DA went to bat for her employees and building safety. She went head-to-head with Robert Mulligan. Robert Mulligan is not only one of the most powerful people in state government, but an unelected leader who cannot be removed with a known history of vindictive actions. She is a named plaintiff in a lawsuit against Mulligan to get the building cleaned up, which led to a number of difficulties for her, but ultimately, got everyone out of that sick building [except the sheriff and prisoners, a story in itself].
That is not to say I agree with Martha Coakley, any other candidate, or even my husband about everything .
I have seen Martha Coakley in action, and like what I saw. I have worked on the same problems with her enough, and trust her to act honestly, to be who she appears to be through and through, and to fight for Massachusetts. She has exhibited superb self-control time and time again, as well as a work ethic I have personally seen in action. I trust her to not be seduced by Wall Street, just as she has fought to rein in Wall Street as Attorney General.
Rather than tax cuts for rich folk, which form the real basis for budget gaps, I trust Martha Coakley to fight wage and hour violations and protect working Americans.
I hope you will join me in voting for Martha Coakley on Tuesday.