Longshot GOP Challenge to AG Coakley

According to a story in the Worcester Telegram – lawyer and Central Massachusetts GOP activist James P. McKenna has decided to mount a sticker-candidacy to join the race against Attorney General Martha Coakley. No Republican was nominated by the State Republican Party to challenge her in the November election. McKenna now says – “We couldn’t leave Coakley without an opponent in this race, we just couldn’t… At some point, it became clear that we had to do this.” McKenna sees Coakley as “out of step” with Massachusetts voters. He’ll need to get 10,000 write-in/sticker votes on the primary ballot to gain access to the November ballot. His plan is to focus on areas where a high Republican turn-out is expected – like the 2nd, 3rd, 5th adn 10th Congressional Districts.

From the Coakley camp:

Joe Shannon, a spokesman for Ms. Coakley, said the attorney general “has a strong record of standing up on behalf of consumers and taxpayers and working to protect our children and communities,” he wrote in an e-mailed statement. “The voters of Massachusetts know that they can trust Martha to continue to fight for them and to take on the challenges that make a difference in their lives.”


Read the full Worcester Telegram article here.