Coakley's Next Move: Re-Election

After loss to Scott Brown, she will work for new term as AG

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2010 5:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Martha Coakley isn't done with politics yet: She'll be running for re-election as Massachusetts attorney general in the fall. "She loves her job," says her spokesman. "Many of the issues she discussed during this campaign are issues she's already fully engaged in as attorney general—holding Wall Street accountable, taking on predatory lenders, fighting to make health care more affordable for all our citizens."

It's not clear whether Coakley will face a challenge, either from Democrats or Republicans. Some Democratic prosecutors and legislators had started to prepare campaigns, assuming she would ascend to the Senate, the Boston Globe reports. Her spokesman dismissed the idea that she's now vulnerable. "One thing that has never changed—before or after this election—is that Martha Coakley is universally praised as an outstanding attorney general who gets results for the people of this state."

In this Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, listens to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley concede after losing a special election in Boston, Jan. 19, 2010.
In this Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, listens to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley concede after losing a special election in Boston, Jan. 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Democrat candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley concedes Tuesday night.
Democrat candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley concedes Tuesday night.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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