In Race For Mass. Governor, Gloves Off For Kayyem

May 13, 2014 9:00 PM
In Race For Mass. Governor, Gloves Off For Kayyem
" BOSTON (CBS) — Attorney General Maratha Coakley is the best-known democrat in the race for governor, as reflected in polls showing her with a big early lead, while former homeland security official Juliette Kayyem is little known.

Kayyem is out to change that though, by taking on Coakley directly and bluntly.

With just 31 days to go until democrats gather to choose candidates for governor, the gloves are finally coming off and it’s the two female candidates at the center of the scrum.

“Martha certainly knows more than anyone that no one should go into a campaign believing that they deserve to win,” Kayyem said. A reference to Coakley’s stunning senate race loss to Scott Brown.

That sharp elbow is just part of a Kayyem offensive painting of Coakley as too timid on hot-button issues like mandatory sex education in schools.

“The AG sort of was wavering on her answer to that question,” Kayyem said. “Where she comes out now I don’t know, but what’s most important is that we’re strong from the beginning.”

But Coakley says the race isn’t a contest of who is perceived bolder "

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