Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was in Springfield Tuesday as part of a three-day swing through the state, launching her campaign to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick in 2014.
Coakley stopped by the Red Rose Restaurant in the city’s South End greeting some elected officials and lunch patrons. She says she’s ready to shed the perception during her failed 2010 Senate campaign that she took voters, including those in western Massachusetts where she grew up, for granted.
If elected Coakley would be the first woman to hold the corner office besides Jane Swift, who served as acting Governor from 2001 to 2003. Coakley says she will spend the next several months before the Democratic primary listening and talking to everybody. That would include Swift, a Republican who – like Coakley – grew up in North Adams.
“I have a lot of respect for Jane. I think she was a great public leader. And I just have not spoken with her recently about this race, but I intend to,” Coakley said.
Coakley also made campaign stops Tuesday in Worcester, North Adams and Pittsfield.