Martha Coakley Chickens out of League of Women Voters Debate

It is a Massachusetts tradition for high profile statewide races to have a debate at Faneuil Hall.  For the U.S. Senate special election the League of Women voters was scheduling a debate at the Hall for January 13, 2009.  Unfortunately Martha Coakley doesn’t think the voters of the Commonwealth deserve this forum.

The League decided to cancel after Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate, did not commit to the forum before the League’s deadline so that arrangements could be completed.

State Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate, and Joseph Kennedy, an independent candidate on the ballot, accepted the League’s invitation to participate in the event, which would have been the final candidates’ forum before the Jan. 19 election.

“The League of Women Voters’ charge for the past 90 years has been to present the voters with critical information they need to make a decision. We did not feel we could do that in this compressed election period without including all of the candidates on the ballot in a candidates’ forum,” said Zaxaro Bennett, president of the Massachusetts League. “We are disappointed by Attorney General Coakley’s unwillingness to commit in time for us to properly plan this event.”

Is Martha that afraid of her and the Democratic Congress’ record that she doesn’t want to be questioned on it with less than a week to go in the election?

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  • Didn’t Martha also miss the primary League of Women Voters debate / forum in Worcester?  This will make her 2 for 2 in not attending League debates.

    Does Martha have an issue with the League?  Is she just avoiding debates?

    Will the League and its members still support her when she shows so much disdain for their organization?

    Scott needs to be far more assertive and aggressively lay out his positions.  He cannot be afraid that he will be branded negatively for being aggressive with a woman candidate.  Time for an approach that treats her like any other candidate regardless of gender.  Many benefits including, better positioning of his message when he is assertive and he will be espousing the equal treatment doctrine by treating Martha like she is any other candidate who happens to be a woman.

  • Clearly Ms Coakley doesn’t think that courage is a necessary part of being in the government.

    When I was a kid “Profiles in Courage” was required reading. Shows how far the country and MA have fallen since JFK.

    I get that its a political calculation- no upside for HER. Big downside for us, however, and that is consistent with the overall nature of her candidacy.