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December 3, 2012

Coakley plans to seek third term as Mass. attorney general

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley said last week she does not plan to run for governor or a Senate seat, and intends to run for reelection as the state’s top prosecutor.

Coakley, speaking to a group of newspaper publishers, was asked if she was ruling out a potential run for both seats. “Right now, today, at this microphone, yes.”

“We don’t even know if there is a Senate seat,” she added.

Coakley, whose name has been tossed around as a potential 2014 gubernatorial candidate, said she loves the job she has and intends to keep doing it. “If you are a lawyer, this is a great job,” she said.

If she runs again, it would be her third run for attorney general. Speculation has swirled since President Barack Obama’s reelection this month that Sen. John Kerry will be appointed to a senior post in Obama’s administration, which would put Kerry’s seat up for grabs in 2013.

“Races are expensive. They are tough. They are hard. That is a personal decision I will make. Right now. I am really happy with what I am doing,” Coakley told the crowd gathered at Anthony’s Pier 4.

Later, when speaking to reporters, Coakley did not entirely rule out a race for governor, saying right now she is focused on her current job.

“I want to stay focused on that,” she said, adding the governor’s race is two years away. “It is a long way away from today.”

With Gov. Deval Patrick planning to move on after the end of his second term, state Treasurer Steven Grossman and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray are considering whether to run for governor as Democrats in 2014.

Coakley also said that each race is different and dynamics change.

A former Middlesex County district attorney, Coakley has two more years left on her second four-year term as attorney general. In 2009, she emerged as the frontrunner to win the seat long held by Sen. Edward Kennedy, but lost the January 2010 special election to Sen. Scott Brown. Brown in turn lost that seat this month when Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated him.

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