Endorsement of Martha Coakley Accidentally Calls Her ‘Worst Woman’ for Massachusetts Governor

The website typo has since been corrected.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley departs Morin's Diner after greeting patrons, in Attleboro, Mass. on Monday.
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Sept. 19, 2013, 10:23 a.m.

When you’re en­dors­ing a can­did­ate, it’s best not to call her the “worst wo­man” for the job.

This is the mis­take that EMILY’s List, a high-powered wo­men’s rights group with deep pock­ets, made on Thursday on its web­site when try­ing to en­dorse Martha Coakley for Mas­sachu­setts gov­ernor. Here’s a screen shot of the page:


The page has since been cor­rec­ted, and the en­dorse­ment state­ment from the group’s pres­id­ent, Stephanie Schriock, praised Coakley:

“Martha Coakley is a trail­blazer who has shown un­waver­ing com­mit­ment to serving her com­munity and Mas­sachu­setts as a strong ad­voc­ate and prob­lem-solv­er for nearly three dec­ades,” she said.

Coakley hasn’t had the best cam­paign­ing luck in re­cent years, and she’s try­ing to re­deem her­self from slipups dur­ing her 2010 Sen­ate cam­paign against Re­pub­lic­an Scott Brown.

Dur­ing that cam­paign, Coakley was labeled as out of touch and an out­sider. When she skipped town to at­tend a Wash­ing­ton fun­draiser in­stead of con­tinu­ing her cam­paign in the state, she jus­ti­fied it by say­ing, “As op­posed to stand­ing out­side Fen­way Park? In the cold? Shak­ing hands?” Pres­id­ent Obama re­portedly grabbed his ad­viser Dav­id Axel­rod, shout­ing, “No! No! You’re mak­ing that up! That can’t be right! Tell me she didn’t say that!” ac­cord­ing to Jonath­an Al­ter in his book The Prom­ise.

And it didn’t stop there. When Bo­ston Red Sox great Curt Schilling en­dorsed Brown, she called the World Series-win­ning pitch­er just “an­oth­er Yan­kee fan.” That’s not something you say in Bean­town.

Since launch­ing her gubernat­ori­al cam­paign this Monday, she has tried to re­pair her pub­lic im­age — yes, even cam­paign­ing out­side of Fen­way. She, however, re­mains pop­u­lar in Mas­sachu­setts, as polling shows she is the cur­rent front-run­ner for the Demo­crat­ic nod.

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