Coakley has worked her whole career to keep families safer from gun violence. As Middlesex DA she worked with schools to develop programs that would help prevent tragedies like Columbine, she worked in cities like Lowell to launch 24-hour tip lines in the languages spoken on the street to help combat gang violence, and she advocated for legislation that would increase the maximum penalty for illegally carrying a loaded gun. As Attorney General, Coakley called on Congress and the President after the Newtown shooting to renew a meaningful and comprehensive assault weapons ban, to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, and to close loopholes to ensure that all purchasers of firearms at gun shows undergo a background check prior to purchase, regardless of the seller. She strongly opposed the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, which would require all states to recognize firearms permits obtained in other states, even if those states have looser gun control laws She has a clear record that demonstrates her commitment to the safety of our families.
Grossman’s first salvo on this issue was a fake debate that his campaign staged in April. His campaign put three podiums on the steps of the Statehouse, one for him , one for gun-rights advocate Jim Wallace, and an empty one for Coakley even though his campaign knew she wasn’t coming. There were no podiums for the other 3 Democratic candidates. They had not even been invited. In an article written by Michael Jonas in CommonWealth the author quotes Jim Wallace saying about Grossman’s campaign’s portrayal of Martha, “Martha Coakley was being made to look like the darling of the NRA, and I think that’s probably a little bit laughable,” Wallace said when asked about the idea that he had been praising her. “If you look at her track record, unfortunately, she’s pretty much ignored the plight lawful gun owners since she’s been in office. I don’t think we’re here to praise Martha.” It was poor political theater.
Although we know he technically isn’t allowed to coordinate with Super-PACs the second salvo was an ad funded by a Super-PAC that implies that she hasn’t done everything possible to protect our families. The ad isn’t true but Coakley can’t debate it because it isn’t Grossman. It is put out by a group that is funded by secret special interest money. If it had been an ad paid for and put out by Grossman there would be room to debate.
Coakley, who was the first Attorney General to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United has stated repeatedly that secret special-interest money has no place in Massachusetts elections. Her campaign has asked Grossman’s campaign to sign the People’s Pledge to keep secret, outside money out of the Governor’s race. They have so far refused.
There have never been Super PAC-funded ads in a Democratic primary. These ads tear down candidates with little regard for the truth. They are funded by secret special interest groups. They are the opposite of the transparent campaigns so many of us have fought for. These Super PAC-funded ads will hurt all Democrats in November.
Grossman is the only Democrat in this race to have a Super-PAC. The chair of the PAC is his neighbor and friend Barry White. We have no idea who the other contributors are, if they are from firms that do business with Grossman in his role as Treasurer Grossman, we don’t know much of anything because they are funded in secret.
I had hoped for a better campaign from Grossman and his team. I have long admired him and thought he would fight a fair fight this campaign. I am disappointed. I would ask that you join me in asking him to disavow these Super –PAC ads and ask others to do the same.
Follow this link to a petition to call on Grossman to disavow the SuperPACs http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/massachusetts-say-no?source=c.em&r_by=11002128 that was just launched by MoveOn.