Coakley Reportedly Considering Run For Mass. Governor
BOSTON (CBS) – Attorney General Martha Coakley is reportedly considering a run for Massachusetts Governor in 2014.
Boston.com reported that Coakley is nearing a decision on whether to run.
And despite her infamous loss in the January 2010 special election to Scott Brown, WBZ Political Analyst Jon Keller thinks she has good reason to consider a run.
“If you’re Martha Coakley, why not give it some serious thought,” Keller told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz. “The fact is, just a few months later in November that year (of the special election) she was re-elected and got more votes statewide than Gov. Patrick in his reelection bid. She’s a proven statewide vote-getter. At this point, if she jumped in she’d be the only woman in the race. It makes sense on a lot of levels.”
There have also been widely circulated rumors that Brown is considering a run in that same race.
Keller says aside from having to go up against Brown again, Coakley would have some other obstacles to overcome if she did decide to run. Historically speaking in Massachusetts, voters have been reluctant to promote past attorneys general to governor. He also notes that despite its liberal reputation, Mass. is still a tough place for a woman to win a statewide election.
Regardless, Keller expects that if Coakley were to run, she would likely enter the race as a frontrunner.