Martha Coakley, black leaders rally for supporters
By Todd Feathers // September 28, 2014
ROXBURY - Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee for governor, and a roster of black politicians energized a raucous crowd of the attorney general’s supporters Sunday night at a rally in Roxbury meant to reaffirm her commitment to minority communities.
Among the speakers were Governor Deval Patrick, City Councilors Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley, and state Representative Gloria L. Fox. Patrick in particular received a rock star’s reception from the crowd of more than 100.
The continuity between Patrick’s two terms in office and Coakley’s administration, if she were to win the election, was the focus of her speech. She repeatedly invoked his name and referred to him as the “best governor in the country.”
For his part, Patrick whipped up the crowd with an animated speech that was at times drowned out by cries of affirmation from the crowd.
“You have an excellent standard bearer. She’s been tested, she’s been around, and she knows her way to this neighborhood,” Patrick said of Coakley. “She doesn’t just want to add up the votes through Metrowest and Central Massachusetts . . . she wants the path to come through you.”
After formally endorsing Coakley following her victory in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Patrick and his experienced political machine have taken an active role in her campaign.
“This election is our top priority,” said John Walsh, executive director of Patrick’s political action committee. “[Patrick] is turning down a lot of national invitations to be here.”
Patrick’s support added credence to Coakley’s candidacy in a community that strongly supports the current governor, and whose participation will be influential in selecting his successor.
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