I hope more is revealed soon because this just makes the case that Christie, chairman of the RGA is so toxic that everything he touches turn to shit. So we shall see. Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunner, Attorney General Martha Coakley (D. MA) scored two big endorsements:Last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker distanced himself from a $25 million investment that New Jersey’s pension fund made in a venture capital firm where he works, saying that he has no role in soliciting funds.
But Baker’s campaign acknowledged Tuesday that his firm, General Catalyst, directed some of that money toward a health insurance company that he oversees as an “executive-in-residence” at the Cambridge-based investment company. The investment first came to light last week after it was revealed that Baker had made a $10,000 contribution to an ally, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, just months before the pension fund distributed the money.
Baker spokesman Tim Buckley said the candidate did not know that the funds that General Catalyst, which lists him as a partner, invested in a health care startup, Oscar Insurance, originated from the New Jersey pension fund.
The Baker campaign said that he learned Monday from media inquiries that a chunk of the pension board’s $25 million allocation to a fund managed by General Catalyst was invested in Oscar. Baker is the venture capital firm’s representative on the Oscar board.
The New Jersey pension board’s decision to contribute to the General Catalyst fund came seven months after Baker donated $10,000 to Christie’s state Republican Party, sparking criticism that Baker might have violated pay-to-play regulations. He strongly denies any laws were broken or that he committed any wrongdoing. - Boston Globe, 5/14/14
And this:A powerful union of health care workers, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, plans to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley at an event on Thursday.
The Service Employees International Union represents 50,000 health care workers in Massachusetts and has been politically active in several recent Democratic ampaigns, organizing workers to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Edward Markey.
According to the Coakley campaign, the union endorsed Coakley, the current Massachusetts attorney general, because of "her longstanding leadership on key issues such as lowering healthcare costs, improving jobs and training in the healthcare sector, and commitment to creating a more fair economy by raising the minimum wage and providing paid sick time for all workers."
Coakley plans to meet with health care workers from the union mid-day Thursday in Dorchester. - The Republican, 5/14/14
If you want to get involved with Coakley's campaign, you can do so here:MassEquality has endorsed Attorney General Martha Coakley for governor, saying she has shown leadership in making Massachusetts more inclusive.
“Martha Coakley has been a vocal, game-changing leader on every issue the LGBTQ community has faced over the course of her career—the freedom to marry, transgender equality, hate crimes, school safety and more,” MassEquality executive director Kara Coredini said in a statement.
Though the governor’s race includes a large field of Democrats and Independents, Coredini said Coakley is “the only candidate that has the combination of forward-looking, innovative and proven leadership that we need in our next Governor” to ensure Massachusetts remains “a national leader on LGBTQ rights.” - Boston Globe, 5/13/14