Coakley Launches Mass. Gov. Bid

The attorney general says she learned from the 2010 senate race loss.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley speaks at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell, Mass., Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Surrounded by TV cameras, reporters and breakfast eaters, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley kicked off her gubernatorial campaign this morning with an announcement at Dempsey’s Breakfast & Lunch, The Boston Globe reports.

“I think that I am ready to both lead and listen to people in Massachusetts about what they want. I know they want to continue moving the economy forward, giving people economic opportunity, improving our educational system,” she reportedly said. “I’m going to do that as governor.”

Coakley insisted she had learned from her loss to Republican Scott Brown in the 2010 special election to fill the senate seat left empty by the death of longtime Senator Ted Kennedy.

“Look, we’ve acknowledged, I’ve acknowledged that we made mistakes on that campaign trail and I’ve learned from that,” she said. “I got right back to work in the AG’s office; I got right back out shaking hands and meeting people in order to run for Attorney General.”

[The Boston Globe]