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Attorney General (4-year term)
Pay: $127,523
  • Chief law enforcement officer
  • Advises and represents the Commonwealth, giving legal opinions and serving as its lawyer in court
  • Oversees the consumer and environmental protection departments
  • Is a member of the Massachusetts Bar
Candidates:
ELECTED
 
Martha Coakley
Lawrence Frisoli
Martha Coakley
Democrat, Medford
Lawrence Frisoli
Republican, Belmont
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AGE: 52
ADDRESS: 46 Coolidge Road, Medford
OCCUPATION: Middlesex County district attorney
EDUCATION: Williams College; law degree from Boston University
EXPERIENCE: Former Middlesex County assistant DA; special attorney, U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Task Force, Boston; private law
FAMILY: Husband, Thomas O’Connor Jr.

AGE: 56
ADDRESS: 67 Bright Road, Belmont
OCCUPATION: Attorney
EDUCATION: Boston University; law degree from Suffolk University
EXPERIENCE: Former Cambridge vice mayor; former Norfolk County assistant district attorney
FAMILY: Wife, Mary Jo; two sons

 

 

COAKLEY WEATHERS ATTACKS,
WINS EASILY

1st woman elected to post in state’s history


The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

BOSTON - Her South Shore credentials largely limited to the high-profile cases she prosecuted miles away in Cambridge, Martha Coakley’s landslide path to attorney general nonetheless included huge margins across this region.

Coakley, the Middlesex County district attorney, won more than 70 percent of the vote in South Shore towns over her Republican opponent, Belmont lawyer Larry Frisoli. Coakley, a Democrat, will now become the third consecutive Middlesex County prosecutor to become the state’s top law enforcement official, following Thomas F. Reilly and L. Scott Harshbarger. She is the first woman elected to the job in Massachusetts.

“I am very proud to be a leader in a state where voters have looked beyond race and gender to elect the most talented, most qualified candidates,” Coakley told a crowd of supporters at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston last night.

Frisoli, who spent more than $100,000 of his own money on the campaign, made a series of sharp attacks against Coakley, none of which gained any traction. For her part, Coakley ran a relatively low-key campaign that included a television commercial not touting her own record but instead endorsing Deval Patrick’s run for governor.

Statewide, Coakley took 73 percent of the vote, compared with Frisoli’s 27 percent. Those numbers were reflected in the South Shore returns, with Coakley winning every city and town by at least a 2-to-1 ratio.

Coakley told the editorial board of The Patriot Ledger before the election that she expects Reilly to appoint her a special assistant attorney general in the runup to the inauguration in January so she can get up to speed on the criminal investigation stemming from the fatal ceiling collapse in Big Dig tunnel.

Christopher Walker may be reached at cwalker@ledger.com.
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AG hopefuls differ on drug fight

The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 19, 2006

QUINCY - Republican attorney general candidate Lawrence Frisoli wants to create a first-of-its-kind registry in which convicted drug dealers are required to publicly report their addresses.

The program would be akin to the state’s sex offender registry but would focus on people convicted of dealing drugs.

Under the plan pitched by Frisoli, anyone convicted of a drug-dealing crime would be on the registry within five years of their most recent conviction.

Frisoli said the concept would allow parents to quickly identify dealers in their neighborhoods and schools.

“As attorney general, my first priority would be doing whatever I can do to protect children of the commonwealth,” Frisoli told The Patriot Ledger editorial board yesterday. “Whatever we can do to make sure parents can raise their children and get them through school without experimenting with drugs is worth the cost.”

The drug dealer registry was one of series of issues Frisoli, a lawyer from Belmont, detailed yesterday. He also said he would beef up oversight of the state’s nonprofit corporations, push to make prosecuting gang-related cases a priority, and reform the state’s auto insurance industry.

Frisoli, 56, is battling Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley, a Democrat who holds a huge fundraising lead and is better known across the state thanks to her role prosecuting several high-profile criminal cases.

Coakley has found several faults with the registry idea. It would essentially create a “yellow pages” of drug dealers, and that could lead to a series of other problems, she said.

Frisoli has framed his platform by suggesting that government has turned from its role protecting people to protecting business and financial interests. Specifically, he said he would work to change the nonprofit status of health insurance companies, which he said are getting a free tax ride while reaping major profits.

In addition to being the state’s top law enforcement officer, the attorney general oversees all nonprofit corporations in the state and is the state’s primary consumer advocate.

“When I look at a medical insurance company, I’d like to know what they do for the public that’s free,” Frisoli said.

He said he would work to change auto insurance rules to eliminate factors that can skew rates for drivers across the state. Among those factors are a driver’s age and where a car is registered.

Frisoli is best known publicly for his role representing the family of murdered Cambridge boy Jeffrey Curley in civil lawsuits against the North American Man-Boy Love Association. Saying the state needs to have more oversight over alleged sexual predators, he outlined a system in which the attorney general’s office would keep a database of sex crimes against children, watch for cases that are not prosecuted, and keep track of reasons why those cases were not pursued.

He also said he would push to make fighting gang-related violence a priority in the court system. Frisoli outlined a plan in which crimes committed in connection with gang activity would be punished more severely, something akin to the racketeering statutes that helped the fight against organized crime.

Christopher Walker may be reached at cwalker@ledger.com.



Money advantage goes to Coakley in AG race

The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 10, 2006

Having taken in nearly $600,000 since the start of the year, Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley holds a commanding fundraising lead over her Republican opponent in the race to become state attorney general.

Coakley, who is vying to become the third consecutive Middlesex County DA to take the the state’s top law-enforcement post - following Scott Harshbarger and Tom Reilly - boasts a nearly 4-to-1 cash advantage over Belmont lawyer Larry Frisoli in the run-up to the Nov. 7 election.

At the end of September, Frisoli had raised about $50,000 and taken out $150,000 in personal loans to subsidize his campaign. He had spent $117,000 on items such as signs and radio ads.

According to campaign finance records, Coakley began 2006 with more than $300,000 in her campaign account and has spent about $242,000 since the beginning of the year.

Coakley banked $500,000 of her campaign money with Fidelity Investments but recently transferred $300,000 back to her campaign, giving her more than $400,000 to spend in the final weeks of the race.

Frisoli, best known for his work on behalf of the estate of Cambridge youth Jeffrey Curley, who was murdered by two pedophiles in 1997, has about $90,000 left to spend during the next month.

The following South Shore residents and organizations contributed at least $100 to the candidates’ campaigns between Jan. 1 and Oct. 5:

COAKLEY

$500 - Neil Aronson, Sharon; John Bacon, Milton; Mary Beckman, Milton; Francis Bellotti, Quincy; Mark Bennett, Milton; William Breen, Duxbury; Candida Brush, Duxbury; Richard Campbell, Cohasset; Carpenters Local Union 424, Randolph; Carpenters Local Union 624 PAC, Randolph; Michael Connolly, Milton; Jeffrey Cote, Milton; Thomas Coughlin, Plymouth; William Cowan, Stoughton; Andrew Culbert, Scituate; Maria Cunio, Marshfield; Robert Daylor, Milton; Robert Delahunt, Weymouth; William Delahunt, Quincy; Richard Dennis, Scituate; David Donovan, Norwell; David Drohan, Hingham; James Gallagher, Milton; Josephine Gallagher, Milton; Michele Garvin, Milton; Joanne Grady, Duxbury; Jean Healey, Hingham; Edward Hershfield, Sharon; Katherine Hesse, Milton; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222 PAC, Quincy; Robert Jubinville, Milton; James Judge, Hanover; Thomas Kiley, Quincy; John Leonard, Milton; Robert MacPherson, Braintree; David Mahoney, Braintree; Justine Mahoney, Weymouth; Frank Marinelli, Braintree; Lisa Matthews, Scituate; Joseph Mc Donough, Scituate; George McMahon, Quincy; Tracy Miner, Quincy; Jason Morgan, Hingham; Arthur Murphy, Quincy; Daniel O’Malley, Milton; Ann O’Neill, Duxbury; Daniel Quirk, Braintree; Roofers-Waterproofers Local 33 PAC, Stoughton; Robert Ryter, Sharon; Robert Sheridan, Hingham; Edward Sibble, Milton; Andrew Strehle, Hingham; Mary Sullivan, Scituate; Teamsters Local 127, Quincy; Jeffrey Tocchio, Hingham; James Toomey, Scituate; Julie Tympanick, Plymouth; Utility Contractors Association of New England, Quincy; Ellen Zane. Hingham.

$300 - Joseph Annese, Scituate; Donald Savery, Duxbury; John Shaughnessy, Milton; Anne Underwood. Milton.

$250 - Ronald Cleaves, Norwell; Ronald Cogliano, Kingston; Steven Comoletti, Hingham; Jon D’Allessandro, Hingham; David Deluca, Marshfield; Joan Devereaux, Braintree; Arthur Donovan, Milton; John Drew, Hingham; Christine Ekstrom, Hanover; John Flynn, Milton; John Glynn, Braintree; Paul Griffin, Milton; Steven Hoort, Scituate; Philip Johnston, Marshfield; Michael Joyce, Canton; James Krachey, Sharon; Thomas Lee, Milton; Paul Losordo, Hingham; Jeffrey Lynch, Hingham; Peter Markell, Milton; Paul Mendis, Canton; Mark Michalowski, Cohasset; Elizabeth Mulvey, Hingham; Peter Muse, Quincy; Robert Norton, Braintree; William Park, Cohasset; James Parker, Weymouth; Steven Pohl, Hingham; Kenneth Quigley, Milton; Michael Ricciuti, Milton; Daniel Sheehan, Marshfield; William Sullivan, Milton; Utility Workers Union of America PAC, Braintree; Richard Ward, Milton; George Williams. Norwell.

$200 - Michael Caljouw, Milton; Carpenters Local Union 424, Randolph; Paul Cianelli, Duxbury; Neal Costello, Marshfield; Timothy Doherty, Hingham; John Driscoll, Hingham; Martin Fisher, Milton; John Hajjar, Quincy; Maura Hammer, Hingham; Jonathan Harlow, Hingham; Kathleen Fraser Huntington, Milton; Patrick Huntington, Milton; Sissy Kelley, Milton; Annmarie Kennedy, Quincy; William Kennedy, Quincy; Anne Lynch, Hull; John Maher, Hanover; Matthew Marcus, Milton; Lawrence McGrath, Plymouth; Joyce Murphy, Canton; P.J. O’Sullivan, Norwell; Cheryl Pinarchick, Hingham; Robert Quinn, Milton; William Ryan, Weymouth; Mary Ellen Sowyrda, Hingham; Joel Stein, Duxbury; Richard Underwood, Milton.

FRISOLI

$100 - Edward Acton, Quincy; Walter Dixon, Norwell; Gertrude Ehrlich, Quincy; Robert Hiss, Milton; Robert Kingsbury, Quincy; Salvatore Mangano, Hingham; John Thompson, Weymouth; Patrick Toomey, Stoughton; William Whitney, Milton.

Christopher Walker may be reached at cwalker@ledger.com.