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Human Rights Campaign Endorses Healey for AG

Tolman calls for action to end campus sexual assault, lands endorsement; Miller submits ballot signatures.

Maura Healey, John Miller, and Warren Tolman
Maura Healey, John Miller, and Warren Tolman

The race for attorney general in Massachusetts is heating up with endorsements and counter endorsements, and whoever wins the Democratic primary in September will have a Republican opponent. Here’s the latest news from the field.

HRC goes with Healey

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has thrown its support to Healey, according to a statement on July 15.

A spokesperson for the organization stated that her work challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as a settlement against Apple and keeping victims of predatory lenders in their homes were a few highlights of her work. She would also be the first openly gay attorney general in the United States.

“Maura Healey’s record as a national leader for civil rights and equality make her the clear choice for Attorney General,” said Marty Rouse, a national field director for the org.

Healey called the endorsement, “a great moment for our campaign,” and added that she was proud of her record as a consumer advocate and civil rights attorney. 

Tolman snags nod from Keating

U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-MA, is backing Tolman in the primary, according to a statement made on July 14, published on MassLive.com

Keating stated that Tolman had “the right plan” to fight the state’s opiate epidemic and had a “proven track record of taking on the tough fights.”

Tolman: More needs to be done about campus assaults

Tolman recently contacted U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, to commend her for her leadership taking on the campus assault problem. The father of two daughters, he stated that it would be a priority if elected to the position.

"I am truly outraged by the continuing reports of colleges and universities leaving our students unprotected and we need immediate action at the local, state and national level," Tolman said. "That is what I will demand as Attorney General and that is why I reached out to Sen. McCaskill."

Miller is on the ballot

Voters in Massachusetts will have a Republican candidate for the attorney general’s seat as Springfield attorney John Miller has turned in the necessary signatures to gain ballot access.

In a statement, he said, when elected, he would bring more than three decades worth of experience “in the private sector solving complicated legal and legislative issues. I will manage the people's law firm in a fair, independent and non-political manner.”

Miller has taught at MIT, written several books, and also worked with Gadsby & Hannah, in the construction company’s legal department, and Patton Boggs LLP.

Matt Helm July 16, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Healey, Tolman...do these professional politicians NEVER go away???For God's sake, aren't they capable of getting a job somewhere, or do they just sit around waiting for the next election to jump into?? Absolutely disheartening to see the same incompetent bottom-feeding bufoons running for office time and time again, spewing the same gay-supporting rhetoric...give me a break, what percentage of the population is gay, lesbian, or drag-queen cross-dressing anyway?? With all the issues that we are facing in this country does anyone really care if a small percentage of the population can't make up their mind as to what gender they are, or who they're going to have sex with? You know what? It's nobody's business what you do in your bedroom, and the rest of the world doesn't want to know, so keep your sexual preference out of politics, and the public eye, and maybe the rest of us won't have a problem with you.... Now this other guy Miller, at least he's coming out of the private sector where your'e hired based upon performance and accountability...That's what we need more of in this dysfunctional state...
JohnnyMass July 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM
They all suck.
Rob C July 16, 2014 at 02:28 PM
All I want in an AG is somebody that will actually enforce laws. I do not care what causes they support or who backs them. As crimes are committed I want an AG that will prosecute regardless of how "PC" the offender is. No more of this "its not illegal to be illegal" garbage. Just enforce all laws!!!!!
John July 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM
What a novel concept. Do we dare dream of the day when we have elected officials -- at both the state and federal levels --who actually enforce the laws that are already on the books? We've had quite enough of this "progressive" nonsense and where they've driven the state and the country right into a huge ditch. Time to elect some adults who have actually worked for a living and bounce these career Dem pols who are only good at the following: constantly reaching into my pocket for more "revenue," lying, cheating, distorting, and being the biggest frauds and hypocrites I've ever seen. Enough already!!
DJ July 16, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Clueless rhetoric John. Try bucking the trend you claim to repulse you and educate yourself.

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