Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general whose 2010 U.S. Senate loss cost Democrats a filibuster-proof majority, has been clawing back political respect by declaring a one-woman war on Wall Street’s role in the collapse of the housing market.
A parade of Democratic stars is marching through Massachusetts to galvanize support for U.S. Senate contender Ed Markey, while Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez looks to Obama administration missteps to propel an upset.
Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts and presumed challenger Elizabeth Warren are locked in a virtual tie in a race analysts say offers Democrats one of their best chances of picking up a Senate seat in November’s election.
President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrat Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts, telling supporters in Boston that the veteran lawmaker will continue the state’s legacy of sending “tough” and “smart” leaders to Washington.