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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has become the first to announce her candidacy for Senator Kennedy's seat.

In 1997 Martha Coakley came to prominence in Massachusetts because of her relentless prosecution of Louise Woodward in the alleged baby-shaking death of Matthew Eappen. She obtained a murder conviction which was reduced by Judge Zoebel on appeal.

In 1993 as Middlesex County prosecutor Coakley obtained a conviction against Lowell MA, grandparents Ray and Shirley Souza on sex-abuse charges using "repressed memory" evidence. Judge Elizabeth Dolan allowed the Souzas to serve their sentence under house arrest.

Coakley has also been involved in the campaign to preserve the infamous Fells Acres convictions, part of the 1980s wave of prosecutions of alleged sexual abuse in day care centers.

Martha Coakley is no Ted Kennedy.

Originally posted to John MacNeill on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:25 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  But she's tough on crime! (0+ / 0-)

    She would make a great Supreme Court nominee.

    •  So too it AG Tom Corbett from PA... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but he is a republican and probably would be a disaster for PA as governor bringing his "fiscal responsibility" to the helm.

      That is what AG's do and why they are selected for (or elected to) the position...doesn't mean that they are good for true public office (e.g. senate, governor, house, etc.).

  •  They only made one. (9+ / 0-)

    It must be hard for you, being perpetually offended by things with which you simply disagree.

    by droogie6655321 on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:28:26 AM PDT

  •  Uh, there are very few people who could ever be (3+ / 0-)
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    vlajos, PhillyGal, radmul

    "a Ted Kennedy."  And your diary is too short and tells me too little about Coakley to know whether what you're doing is full of blankety-blank, or on the mark.

  •  How is she supposed to Teddy Kennedy? (0+ / 0-)

    There is only one.

  •  From this profile, she looks like a tough person (0+ / 0-)

    and that's fine.

    Look, no one is going to replace Ted Kennedy and there is nobody who can do that.

    Every candidate has to step up and talk about his/her convictions and how s/he sees the future of his/her state/nation.

    So, i am not sure that using the Kennedy as yardstick is very useful at all.

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:30:48 AM PDT

  •  and what has she done since 1997? (1+ / 0-)
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    lvillelass

    this diary's a tad lightweight, no?

    "He's like any other president -- he's a politician and he's got to do what politicians do." Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    by PhillyGal on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:31:05 AM PDT

  •  Why even go there? (2+ / 0-)
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    it's time to move on. I was a big Kennedy fan, but I was also a big Willie Mays fan too. Now I'm a big Chase Utley fan. Willie Mays was one of a kind, but I still watch baseball. Coakley was doing what she was paid to do, prosecute crimes. If I remember correctly, Teddy started his career out in the DAs office when he first got out of law school. Go through his records and see who he prosecuted before you slam Coakley for doing her job,

    A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho

    by tazz on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:32:59 AM PDT

    •  Why even go there?! (0+ / 0-)

      Why even go there?! Because she shouldn't have gone there in the first place.

      I believe that there is a valid phenomenon of repressed memory, but what we saw in the late 80s and 90s was a craze of accusations by easily suggestible accusers and others who were excited by the possibility of perverse conspiracies that would otherwise be unbelievable. It was a persecution that assumed guilt until one could prove that one was innocent. Repressed memory has a place in the therapy (and even then must be approached cautiously), but on its own it has no place in prosecutions and the courtroom. Criminal prosecutions and convictions should rely on more than just someone's word.

      It disturbs me that she has subscribed to this movement and used it in the courtroom. Even more disturbing would be that she appears to support these old cases despite strong research and evidence that memory by itself as well as testimony by children can be very unreliable. I don't sanction child abuse, but I also don't sanction criminal prosecution of people with flimsy and unreliable evidence.

      I was excited about her as a possible Senate candidate. Now I have questions that need to answered satisfactorily before I would support her.

      •  I guess your serious (0+ / 0-)

        You comment:

        Because she shouldn't have gone there in the first place

        Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution sets three qualifications for senators:

        1. each senator must be at least 30 years old, 2) must have been a citizen of the United States for at least the past nine years, and 3) must be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they seek to represent.

        She can go anywhere.

        A man's only as old as the woman he feels. Groucho

        by tazz on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 01:13:21 PM PDT

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        •  I can't believe you just said that (0+ / 0-)

          Your reply suggests that because the qualifications to be Senator are so simple as stated in the Constitution that we shouldn't consider other issues such as candidates showing poor judgement (for example, prosecuting people using repressed memories for the evidence).  Using your ridiculous reply which doesn't even speak to the issue that you originally addressed (how she performed her job as a prosecutor in the 80s & 90s), progressives in this blog website have no right to object to wingnuts because they meet the minimal election standards set by the Constitution.

  •  I think that she is definitely worthy of trying (1+ / 0-)
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    miller415

    for the seat. She has been a very impressive public figure here in MA.  IMO, It would be hard/unwise for another dem to run a contentious campaign against her. Though there is a heavy weight or two who havn't thrown their hats into the ring yet.

  •  Curt Schilling and Kerry Healey (3+ / 0-)
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    have expressed interest on the Republican side. I'd vote for Martha and the Vandellas before I'd vote for either of them.

  •  My opinion (0+ / 0-)

    is that Massachusetts would be better represented by someone else. Someone with more of a sense of fair play and compassion.

  •  Run Joe, Run! (0+ / 0-)

    "You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement." President Barack Obama

    by Jack Dublin on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:47:41 AM PDT

  •  I do remember the Souza case. (0+ / 0-)

    Coakley should be ashamed of herself let alone run for a US Senate seat after that witch hunt. But since I don't live in MA anymore I will have no vote.  

    "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."- Lao-Tzu

    by Pakalolo on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:53:46 AM PDT

  •  First, I would support Ed O'Reilly... (0+ / 0-)

    for U.S. Senate.  Ed is a strong Progressive Democrat who I would compare to Al Franken.  He ran against Sen. John Kerry in the last primary and did well considering.  EO accepted no corporate donations.

    My other choice would be State Senator Tom Kennedy.  He would be a strong supporter of the disabled ( being disabled himself) and another strong progressive supporter.

    If we want progressive democratic values supported then we have to support progressive values.

    Diclaimer- Tom kennedy is the Ward 2 chair of the Brockton Democratic City Committee-  I am his Vice Chair
    Ed Miller
    1st Vice Chair of the Brockton Democratic City Committee
    Vice Chair of the Ward Committee
    candidate- Ward 2 City Councilor

  •  reminds me of a thinking man's Nancy Grace (0+ / 0-)

    same kind of automatically guilty if charged publicity seeking as a DA but maybe shes done better as attorney general

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