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Charles Baker Joins Massachusetts Governor's Race

As Republicans celebrate Charles D. Baker’s decision to run for governor, Attorney General Martha Coakley is edging closer to joining the Democratic gubernatorial race, turning to the state party’s leading political strategist to help assemble a potential campaign team.
September 6, 2013
 

As Republicans celebrate Charles D. Baker’s decision to run for governor, Attorney General Martha Coakley is edging closer to joining the Democratic gubernatorial race, turning to the state party’s leading political strategist to help assemble a potential campaign team.

Those developments, along with the possibility of a third major Democrat, US Representative Michael E. Capuano, jumping into the race marks a sudden acceleration of what has been until this post-Labor Day week a sleepy backwater of Massachusetts politics. A close Capuano adviser said the Democratic congressman has spent the summer lining up a media adviser, pollster, and fund-raising team.

The involvement of political consultant Doug Rubin as unpaid adviser to Coakley caught the political world by surprise, while giving Coakley what could be an implicit boost even before she gets into the race.

Rubin has emerged over the last decade as the Democrats’ top political consultant, having won a string of high profile victories, including helping to elect Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren, and Joseph Kennedy III.

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