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December 3, 2012

Coakley plans to seek third term as Mass. attorney general

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The battle with Brown left Coakley bruised, with many wondering if she had a political future.

“I thought I could be a good senator, but the voters said otherwise,” Coakley said when asked by newspaper publishers about her political intentions.

Coakley said she committed herself to the AG spot and feels there is still a lot of work left to do. After losing the Senate seat, she has spent the last two years rebuilding her reputation, taking aggressive postures on several issues, including efforts to reform state foreclosure laws, make human trafficking illegal in Massachusetts and take on campaign finance and ethics violations by public officials.

In her speech to the publishers, Coakley lamented that elected officials too often focus on the next campaign rather than doing the jobs they’re elected to do.

“Moreso than ever, people focus on the next campaign. Not the job,” Coakley said. “We know the damage that gets done when people are always running for reelection or the next thing.”

This is not the first time Coakley has publicly stated her intentions to run for reelection as attorney general. In April, she said she would seek a third term.

“Right now, first of all my focus is on doing my job. Secondly, my intent would be to run for reelection,” she told the News Service after an event at Suffolk University.

Coakley, the first woman elected attorney general in Massachusetts, has won four races and lost two, including her bid for Senate and a race for state representative in 1997 won by Rep. Martin Walsh of Dorchester.

The constant election cycle creates a barrier to elected officials governing, Coakley said. She remarked about how expensive, long and bitter some battles get, pointing out the Brown and Warren campaigns spent more money than the Bush-Gore presidential race in 2000, and the Obama-Romney race cost more than $2 billion.

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