Candidates' push: Sway undecideds

Candidates' push: Sway undecideds

There are 2 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 6, 2009, titled Candidates' push: Sway undecideds. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

As the candidates for U.S. Senate crisscross the state in a final, frenzied scramble for votes, there are signs that the race, once considered a runaway, is tightening.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Lowell Sun.


Tewksbury, MA

#1 Dec 6, 2009
And here's a VERY interesting little fact about Martha Coakley (aka, Inspector Clouseau) which you haven't read in any of the Big Boston Media.

In 2005 then-State Senator Diane Wilkerson got in big trouble over her campaign finances, including charges of unlawful contributions and misuse of funds. After Coakley became AG she quickly let Wilkerson walk away from all charges in exchange for a measly $10K fine and an agreement to improve her "bookkeeping", a _most_ generous deal which Wilkerson herself described as "very fair and reasonable" (an understatement if ever there was one).

But there was another nice little kiss hidden in that sweetheart deal that Coakley gave Wilkerson; namely _blanket immunity_ against any civil or criminal penalty for _all_ campaign finance violations she had committed in the past! The funny thing is while Coakley was generously handing this Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card to Wilkerson, sweet Diane was busily stuffing her bra full of bribe money! Coakley, of course, was simply letting a powerful Beacon Hill pol off the legal hook in exchange
for future favors. She had no way of knowing that Wilkerson would narrowly lose the September 2008 primary in an upset and also that the Feds were sniffing around. Wilkerson's arrest by the FBI on October 28th for bribery ended her plans for a sticker campaign in the general election. It also erased all the future political payoffs that Coakley had expected to receive from Wilkerson in return for her 'generosity and understanding'.

So the bottom line is that Martha Coakley sold out her responsibilities as Attorney General (and the people of Massachusetts as well) in order to curry favor with a crooked politician whom she thought would be around in the future to further her own ambitions.

Gee, why does all of this sound so familiar?
(Hint: Menino / Kineavy / missing e-mails)

You can read the whole story in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, which is a remarkably good newspaper for its size.
UML Student

Pepperell, MA

#2 Dec 7, 2009
I'm writing in my own name and voting for myself tomorrow.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Michael Capuano Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Two House Dems say it's time to dump Pelosi (Apr '15) Apr '15 Teddy 8
News Pittsfield mayor encouraged by Baker efforts fo... (Jan '15) Jan '15 Praxis33 6
News Faust Letter to Mass. Representatives Cautions ... (Jan '15) Jan '15 wild child 1
News Barney Frank Challenges GOP's 'Too Big to Fail'... (Jul '14) Jul '14 Suzanne Lunt 1
News Future homebuyers could feel the pinch from pla... (Aug '13) Sep '13 fingiswold 36
News Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates (Aug '13) Sep '13 Sebrina Wintringham 49
News Coakley addresses top issues during visit - Sen... (Dec '09) Mar '13 Lynch 33
More from around the web