The Boston Herald picked up on Martha Coakley’s Doug Rubin casino problem. You may remember that Red Mass Group asked the question of whether or not Rubin being on Team Coakley back in September of 2013 led to Coakley saying the ballot question to get rid of the casino law could not go forward.
The Herald picks up the story almost a half a year later.
Attorney General Martha Coakley is poised to take center stage before the state’s highest court in a high-stakes bid to block an anti-casino ballot question that will spotlight her campaign ties to a public relations firm promoting Mohegan Sun – a cozy relationship experts say could cost her votes this fall.
Northwind Strategies, which is run by Democratic strategist Doug Rubin, is representing Coakley in her bid to become governor, but it also does public relations for Mohegan Sun, which hopes to build a casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere.
That awkward arrangement will loom over the state Supreme Judicial Court on May 5, when anti-casino activists try to overturn Coakley’s decision to block a repeal of casino gambling from the November ballot. And, in turn, the whole thing could come back to haunt her gubernatorial campaign.
“As a Democratic or Republican candidate, all it takes is a darkly backlit ad. ‘Martha Coakley doesn’t trust you to vote, and she’s being advised by the same people that want a casino in your neighborhood,'” said Erin O’Brien of the University of Massachusetts Boston. “It’s unseemly. It feels icky, that slimy politics that people don’t like. It plants that seed of doubt.”
Of course Doug’s team denies any involvement to the Herald. A very likely story.