U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley made her case tonight that she will be a different kind of leader in Washington and pledged to take on the tough fights and get results.
At the first U.S. Senate debate hosted by the John F. Kennedy Library, and sponsored by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Coakley articulated a strong record of accomplishment and promised to take the fight to Washington in January.
"People want a different kind of leader in their United States Senator. They want someone who won't be afraid to stand up for people, take on the tough fights, and get things done," said Coakley, who arrived at the Kennedy Library to a sea of dozens of supporters.
Martha Coakley has a strong record of getting results for Massachusetts. Whether it's locking up sexual predators, prosecuting abusive nursing home operators or cracking down on health insurers and pharmaceutical companies, Martha has never been afraid to take on the tough fights. She took on the utilities for unfair rate increases and Wall Street firms for their role in the financial crisis.
If elected to the Senate, Coakley will push for health insurance reform that will expand coverage, improve quality and contain costs, including a strong public option for everyone to foster greater competition in the industry. She has also pledged to crack down on Wall Street and push for broader regulation of the financial services industry to prevent another economic collapse.
She talked about the importance of selecting Supreme Court Justices who have common sense and understand that the decisions they make affect people's lives. Finally, she talked about the need to be clear about our objectives in Afghanistan and tied any troop escalation to the President laying out clear goals and providing our troops with the resources necessary to achieve them.
Hundreds of grassroots supporters of Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate convened at a number of debate watch parties held across the Commonwealth in cities and towns including Boston, Cambridge, Dartmouth, Duxbury, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Foxboro, Framingham, Greenfield, Martha's Vineyard, Medfield, Nantucket, New Bedford, Northampton, Norwood, Waltham, Williamstown, and Worcester.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued families in Massachusetts. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.