As her campaign continues to pick up support and momentum in the closing days of the campaign, today seven major daily newspapers from across the Commonwealth endorsed Martha Coakley's candidacy for the United States Senate, saying that she will best represent the residents of their communities.
Coakley, a native of North Adams in Western Massachusetts, has a record of getting results for people in every region of Massachusetts.
The papers endorsing her today were:
* Berkshire Eagle
* Brockton Enterprise
* Dedham Daily News Transcript
* MetroWest Daily News
* New Bedford Standard Times
* Springfield Republican
* Waltham Daily News Tribune
Coakley had previously been endorsed by the Quincy Patriot Ledger and the Providence Journal.
"These papers represent citizens across Massachusetts and know the specific needs of the people in their communities," said Coakley. "I'm proud to receive these endorsements because I intend to be a Senator that stands up and gets results for people in all regions of our great Commonwealth."
The papers' endorsements come on the day that Coakley will be holding campaign events beginning at 11 a.m. in Newton and then traveling to Marlborough, Worcester, and Springfield.
Among the specific reasons the individual papers endorsed Coakley include:
* Citing her North Adams roots, said "The Eagle is comfortable with the views of all four candidates on the issues of the day. We believe, however, that Martha Coakley is best able through her experience and personality to take significant action on those issues, to the benefit of the country, state, and Berkshire County."
Brockton Enterprise (sister paper of Patriot Ledger):
* Coakley "most embodies the skills, temperament, and experience to be effective in this crucial role."
MetroWest Daily News (with sister papers Dedham Transcript and Waltham Daily News Tribune):
* "She has direct experience in key policy areas facing Congress, and the intelligence to master those, like foreign policy, that are new to her. She has the temperament to be an effective collaborator in a Senate where personal relationships can make or break political agendas. The choice for Democrats should be clear: Martha Coakley is the most qualified candidate to carry their banner in the race to succeed Sen. Ted Kennedy."
New Bedford Standard Times:
* "Martha Coakley best exemplifies the qualities that make an effective U.S. Senator. A Senator must be tough yet polished, a shrewd negotiator who is willing to compromise. Coakley strikes that balance, giving her the edge in a race against opponents who hold similar political views."
* "This is her time. She is sharp and at the top of her game, ready to grow into the kind of Senator Massachusetts deserves."
* "We were fortunate here in Western Massachusetts to have in (Ted) Kennedy a Senator who knew and understood our part of the state, and as a result looked out for us and paid attention to us. Coakley will do the same."
* "Coakley also understands that Springfield is the hub of Western Massachusetts and that a regional approach to meeting our challenges is needed. In short, she has pledged to help us, not forget us."
In the closing days of the campaign, Coakley is continuing on her "Countdown to 12/08" tour, making more than 25 stops across the Commonwealth. Today, she is making stops in Newton, Marlborough, Worcester, and Springfield.
"We are taking nothing for granted and no vote for granted," Coakley said. "We are continuing to work every day to ask people for their support and then make sure they get out and vote on Tuesday, December 8."
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 so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. 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.