SHNS CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK - MORNING EDITION - TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

COAKLEY: NUMBERS "ALWAYS TIGHTEN IN A PRIMARY"

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Martha Coakley, who famously coughed up a polling lead in her 2009-2010 U.S. Senate race against Scott Brown, said Tuesday she is not concerned about a recent poll showing Steven Grossman closing the gap in the governor's race to within 12 points of her. Coakley, the attorney general, took 42 percent of very likely primary voters in a Suffolk University poll released Monday through the Boston Herald. Grossman, the state treasurer, had 30 percent in the poll, a big improvement, and Don Berwick, a former pediatrician and health policy expert, had 16 percent. Coakley said her campaign is organized and geared toward the September 9 primary, not any polls. "We've been looking at our grassroots campaign since last September. We've always known numbers are going to go up and down. They always tighten in a primary. We've still got two weeks to go. I'm not relying on any polls," Coakley told the News Service after receiving the endorsement of SEIU 32BJ. "I'm just looking at what we're doing in terms of getting out our vote and our messaging. I'm really excited about where we are, and I think people are starting to focus on who is going to be the best nominee to beat Charlie Baker, and frankly to be the best governor." Coakley led Grossman by 21 points in a recent SocialSphere poll of likely voters released Friday through the Boston Globe.


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"I take nothing for granted, not relying on the polls. We know the only poll that matters is the one on September 9," Coakley said. - A. Metzger/SHNS

HEALEY UP WITH TV AD IN AG RACE

Candidate for attorney general Maura Healey on Tuesday launched her first television ad, highlighting her time as a former prosecutor and pro basketball player. Her campaign said the ad, which will air through the Sept. 9 primary, will be running on Boston and Springfield area stations. The 30-second biographical spot opens with her spinning a basketball, highlights her effort to back the reproductive health clinic buffer zone law that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, and ends with an announcer intoning, "The only Democrat with experience in the courtroom, as a prosecutor and a civil rights attorney." Healey is running against former Sen. Warren Tolman in the Democratic primary. The Tolman campaign, in a statement, said on Tuesday that Tolman would require trigger locks on all new guns sold in Massachusetts and claimed Healey would not. Healey has said she backs a more comprehensive approach to gun safety and asserts there is "no daylight" between her and Tolman on the technology. "Maura Healey has a cautious and narrow vision for the office -- ceding leadership to others when the people of Massachusetts are demanding a leader and a champion," said Chris Joyce, Tolman's campaign manager. Sen. Jason Lewis endorsed Tolman Tuesday. "As a decision-maker, Warren doesn't look to see what's popular or what will make sense politically," said Lewis. The winner of the primary will face Republican John Miller, a Winchester attorney, in the November election. - G. Dumcius/SHNS

TEACHERS UNION ENDORSES GOLDBERG IN TREASURER'S RACE

The American Federation of Teachers, which has 25,000 members in Massachusetts, on Tuesday endorsed Deb Goldberg, who is competing in a three-way Democratic primary for state treasurer. AFT Massachusetts President Tom Gosnell praised Goldberg's plan to create a college savings plan for kindergartners and her support for vocational training and apprenticeship programs and to increase funding for public libraries. Rep. Thomas Conroy and Sen. Barry Finegold are competing against Goldberg in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. A former Brookline selectwoman and president of Adoptions with Love, Goldberg also announced Tuesday that she has officially received the endorsements of IBEW Local 103 and the Massachusetts Laborers' District Council. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee also endorsed Goldberg. - M. Norton/SHNS