Maura Healey said she was ready to break a supposed ‘curse’ that prevented six former attorneys general from making successful bids for the governor’s seat and she pushed back on her ‘anti-corporate’ tag while circling the Sunday morning political shows.
“Business benefits when every family is doing well economically,” Healey said on WBZ’s “Keller @ Large” when host Jon Keller said establishment Democrats and Republicans consider the attorney general to be two mandates as “anti-business”.
“Each family sees it as an opportunity for mobility. Some of the things I’ve talked about with business leaders include workforce development. You have a lot of jobs that are open right now. We need to find ways to train people for jobs that are readily available right now in our state,” Healey continued.
Healey pointed to his “demonstrated track record” as the state’s top law enforcement official, winning lawsuits and prosecuting predatory lenders and corporations — including several who profited from the pandemic by throwing masks and substandard hand sanitizer.
“Commonwealth people really get what they pay for,” she said.
Healey said she will focus on “workforce development” as the state emerges from the pandemic and touted her goal to reform and increase funding for child care, which is among the costliest in the country here.
Asked by ‘On the Record’ host Ed Harding if she believes in a supposed ‘curse’ preventing attorneys general from taking over the corner office, Healey replied, ‘Obviously we don’t because we we are running for governor.”
“In my time, I’ve been blessed to have seen curses broken here, and I sure hope we can break that,” the two-term attorney general said.
Healey launched his campaign just over a week ago after months of speculation about his candidacy. She told Keller she was “seriously” considering running “before Governor (Charlie) Baker makes his decision.”
Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced in December that they would not run for a third term, allowing Healey to take the lead.
She will face Harvard professor Danielle Allen and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz in a Democratic primary in September.
Two Republicans — Trump-backed Geoff Diehl and businessman Chris Doughty — are running on the GOP side.