Somerville Leaders Endorse Martha Coakley For United States Senate

Press Release

By:  Martha Coakley
Date: Nov. 27, 2009
Location: Somerville, MA

Past and present elected officials representing the City of Somerville today endorsed Martha Coakley for United States Senate.

Former Somerville Mayor and current Southern Middlesex County Register of Deeds Eugene Brune, former Somerville Mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay, current State Representative Carl Sciortino, and former State Senator Sal Albano say they are endorsing Coakley because of her record of getting results and the progressive leadership she will bring to the United States Senate.

"I am proud and humbled to receive the endorsement of these accomplished leaders who have spent decades working on behalf of the people of Somerville," said Martha Coakley. "As Attorney General, I took swift action to help keep families in their homes during the foreclosure crisis and I cracked down online sexual predators that make the Internet a dangerous place for our children. As Senator, I will work to reform our health care system, get our economy back on track, and keep communities like Somerville safe for all our families."

"During the ten years I served as Mayor of Somerville, nothing was more important than keeping our neighborhoods safe, particularly protecting our children and senior citizens," said Eugene Brune. "Martha Coakley has a record that is unmatched by the candidates in this race when it comes to keeping our communities safe. I am confident that Martha will bring to the U.S. Senate impressive experience serving Somerville, Middlesex County, and our entire Commonwealth, and I am pleased to endorse her candidacy."

"During my time as Mayor of Somerville, Martha Coakley was serving as Middlesex District Attorney, and she was always helpful to my administration and always there for the people of Somerville," noted Dorothy Kelly Gay. "I am proud to endorse Martha Coakley for United States Senate because she has demonstrated bold, principled leadership and cares deeply about our communities. With Martha, what you see is what you get. In Washington, Martha will be a champion for Somerville's families and all Massachusetts' families."

"I have long admired Martha Coakley's progressive leadership and thoughtful approach to solving the problems our communities face," said Representative Sciortino. "Martha has been a courageous trailblazer, from being the first Attorney General in the nation to challenge the constitutionality of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act to achieving a first-of-its kind agreement with Goldman Sachs to address its role in the subprime mortgage crisis. Somerville could not ask for a more effective United States Senator than Martha Coakley."

"I am proud to stand with Martha Coakley because she is a different kind of leader who has the courage to do what is right, not just what is politically expedient," commented Sal Albano. "Martha has gone after predatory mortgage lenders that have taken advantage of families, Big Dig contractors that have abused taxpayer dollars and put our safety at risk, and Wall Street banks that have compromised the fundamental soundness of economy. Martha knows what it takes to get our economy back on track, and she will bring that invaluable knowledge and experience to Washington as our next Senator. Martha will make Somerville and all of Massachusetts proud in the U.S. Senate."

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.

To date, the Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate campaign has been endorsed by:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council
Massachusetts Nurses Association
Teamsters Joint Council 10
Teamsters Local 1 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 25 (Boston)
Teamsters Local 42 (Lynn)
Teamsters Local 82 (South Boston)
Teamsters Local 127 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 170 (Worcester)
Teamsters Local 259 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 404 (Springfield)
Teamsters Local 653 (South Easton)
Unite Here! Local 26
New England Regional Council of Carpenters
Carpenters Local Union 26
Carpenters Local Union 111
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 96
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 104
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 223
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 257
Utility Workers of America Local 310
Utility Workers of America Local 317
Utility Workers of America Local 318
Utility Workers of America Local 322
Utility Workers of America Local 329
Utility Workers of America Local 330
Utility Workers of America Local 340
Utility Workers of America Local 341
Utility Workers of America Local 343
Utility Workers of America Local 350
Utility Workers of America Local 369
Utility Workers of America Local 480
Brotherhood of Utility Workers' Council
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 877
Pipefitters' Association Local 537
MBTA Executive Union, Local 9501, United Steelworkers
Boston Gas Workers' Union Local 12003
International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 MA/VT
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98, AFL-CIO
National Association of Police Organizations
Massachusetts Police Association
Massachusetts Coalition of Police
Boston Police Patrolmen's Association
Newton Police Superior Officers Association
Littleton Police Association
New Bedford Police Union
Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 6
U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell)
Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth)
Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry (D-Peabody)
Senate President Pro Tempore Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)
Senator Steven Baddour (D-Methuen)
Senator Stephen Brewer (D-Barre)
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester)
Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton)
Senator Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Senator Joan Menard (D-Fall River)
Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury)
Senator Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy)
Senator Robert O'Leary (D-Barnstable)
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland)
Senator Susan Tucker (D-Andover)
House Majority Leader James Vallee (D-Franklin)
Representative Charles Murphy (D-Burlington)
Representative James Arciero (D-Westford)
Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord)
Representative Demetrius Atsalis (D-Hyannis)
Representative Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg)
Representative Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham)
Representative Michael Brady (D-Brockton)
Representative Thomas Calter (D-Kingston)
Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen)
Representative Christine Canavan (D-Brockton)
Representative Katherine Clark (D-Melrose)
Representative Geraldine Creedon (D-Brockton)
Representative Sean Curran (D-Springfield)
Representative Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg)
Representative Paul Donato (D-Medford)
Representative Christopher Donelan (D-Orange)
Representative Joseph Driscoll (D-Braintree)
Representative James Dwyer (D-Woburn)
Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Representative Christopher Fallon (D-Malden)
Representative Mark Falzone (D-Saugus)
Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Representative Barry Finegold (D-Andover)
Representative John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Representative William Galvin (D-Canton)
Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Representative Colleen Garry (D-Dracut)
Representative Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Representative Mary Grant (D-Beverly)
Representative William Greene (D-Billerica)
Representative Denis Guyer (D-Dalton)
Representative Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Representative Lida Harkins (D-Needham)
Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow)
Representative Louis Kafka (D-Sharon)
Representative John Keenan (D-Salem)
Representative Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Representative Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Representative Peter Koutoujian (D-Newton)
Representative Paul Kujawski (D-Webster)
Representative Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover)
Representative William Lantigua (D-Lawrence)
Representative Jason Lewis (D-Winchester)
Representative David Linsky (D-Natick)
Representative Timothy Madden (D-Nantucket)
Representative Allen McCarthy (D-East Bridgewater)
Representative David Nangle (D-Lowell)
Representative Robert Nyman (D-Hanover)
Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown)
Representative Vincent Pedone (D-Worcester)
Representative Robert Rice (D-Gardner)
Representative Pam Richardson (D-Framingham)
Representative Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport)
Representative John Rogers (D-Norwood)
Representative Dennis Rosa (D-Leominster)
Representative Michael Rush (D-Boston)
Representative Rosemary Sandlin (D-Agawam)
Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)
Representative Carl Sciortino (D-Somerville)
Representative Stephen Stat Smith (D-Everett)
Representative Christopher Speranzo (D-Pittsfield)
Representative Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody)
Representative Harriett Stanley (D-West Newbury)
Representative William Straus (D-Mattapoisett)
Representative Walter Timilty (D-Milton)
Representative Brian Wallace (D-South Boston)
Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn)
Representative Martha "Marty" Walz (D-Boston)
Representative James Welch (D-West Springfield)
Representative Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge)
Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem
Mayor Clare Higgins, Northampton
Mayor Sue Kay, Weymouth
Mayor Michael McGlynn, Medford
Mayor Nancy Stevens, Marlborough
Mayor Lisa Wong, Fitchburg
Mayor-elect Richard Alcombright, North Adams
Mayor-elect William Flanagan, Fall River
Mayor-elect Setti Warren, Newton
District Attorney William Bennett, Hampden County
District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Essex County
District Attorney David Capeless, Berkshire County
District Attorney Gerard Leone, Middlesex County
Sheriff Frederick Macdonald, Franklin County
National Organizations of Women
EMILY's List
National Women's Political Caucus
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
MassEquality