The race for attorney general in Massachusetts is heating up with endorsements and counter endorsements, and whoever wins the Democratic primary in September will have a Republican opponent. Here’s the latest news from the field.
HRC goes with Healey
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has thrown its support to Healey, according to a statement on July 15.
A spokesperson for the organization stated that her work challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as a settlement against Apple and keeping victims of predatory lenders in their homes were a few highlights of her work. She would also be the first openly gay attorney general in the United States.
“Maura Healey’s record as a national leader for civil rights and equality make her the clear choice for Attorney General,” said Marty Rouse, a national field director for the org.
Healey called the endorsement, “a great moment for our campaign,” and added that she was proud of her record as a consumer advocate and civil rights attorney.
Tolman snags nod from Keating
U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-MA, is backing Tolman in the primary, according to a statement made on July 14, published on MassLive.com.
Keating stated that Tolman had “the right plan” to fight the state’s opiate epidemic and had a “proven track record of taking on the tough fights.”
Tolman: More needs to be done about campus assaults
Tolman recently contacted U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, to commend her for her leadership taking on the campus assault problem. The father of two daughters, he stated that it would be a priority if elected to the position.
"I am truly outraged by the continuing reports of colleges and universities leaving our students unprotected and we need immediate action at the local, state and national level," Tolman said. "That is what I will demand as Attorney General and that is why I reached out to Sen. McCaskill."
Miller is on the ballot
Voters in Massachusetts will have a Republican candidate for the attorney general’s seat as Springfield attorney John Miller has turned in the necessary signatures to gain ballot access.
In a statement, he said, when elected, he would bring more than three decades worth of experience “in the private sector solving complicated legal and legislative issues. I will manage the people's law firm in a fair, independent and non-political manner.”
Miller has taught at MIT, written several books, and also worked with Gadsby & Hannah, in the construction company’s legal department, and Patton Boggs LLP.