Amid all of the criticism of Boston’s generally wretched broadcast media, WGBH News deserves credit for hosting AG Candidates Maura Healey and Warren Tolman on Emily Rooney’s Greater Boston program last Thursday. Both came off well.
Tolman lost points for being over the top when he said the AG should lead first and worry about statutes later, as it were (he wants to lock the millionaire Market Basket owners in a room until they eat their vegetables, sort of). Healey very appropriately called him on it: the AG is the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer, not its chief enforcer of the political tides of the moment.
Healey lost points for taking an utterly illogical position on marijuana legalization — she thinks it is properly banned because, she asserts, it is addictive and a gateway drug. To be consistent, she should also support a return to prohibition of alcohol and a ban on cigarette sales. Tolman sounded a bit more measured on the subject. She also refused to commit to immediate implementation of “smart gun” controls (and, indeed, her website is utterly anodyne on the subject) which, according to Tolman, can be mandated immediately by the AG (if so, why hasn’t Coakley done so?). He, by contrast, was unequivocal: fingerprint locks on guns, immediately or sooner, if he is elected.
Both of the candidates were congenial to each other, passionate and articulate. Rooney did a fine job moving the discussion along. In one of the most interesting races of this election, the clip is worth a watch. What do you think?