Martha Coakley The Fraud! Click on her name for news articles backing this chapter up!
**This is a partial chapter pre-release sneak peak from the forthcoming book by Barry Scott**
Barry Scott of “The Lost 45s" national radio show was handcuffed, kicked repeatedly and smashed face first into a house while not resisting arrest for a noise by-law, upon FIRST meeting Provincetown, MA police and responding to their demand to shut down a small backyard gathering at 10:20pm on a Saturday in July 2007. The police reported 'his head inadvertently came in contact with a window frame' -- which is laughable. Controversial District Attorney of the Cape & Islands Michael O'Keefe did his own 'internal investigation' relying solely on police reports and found no wrong doing. Of course, that was the very office prosecuting him, so how fair could they be? The "blue shield"-- police lying to protect each other-- went up immediately.
Cops stated Barry said "We hate the police" in a private backyard (in a town where yelling 'faggot' and throwing stones at someone in public was deemed appropriate by the same D.A. in another case a few weeks later). Horrified witnesses heard no such thing, they say he wasn't resisting arrest and was asking untrained teen-aged summer cops not to hurt his 5'4" 130 lb frame. Barry's closing announcement was described by all witnesses as calm and non-provocative. To cover their actions, the Provincetown police pressed frivolous charges against Mr. Scott. Never in trouble with the law at age 44, the Provincetown police did not take a mug shot, because the photo would have shown their brutality.
Scott's partner, Bryan Richardson, walking with a cane because of a previous back injury, was thrown onto a cruiser and harmed further during his illegal incarceration when he asked the police what they were doing to Barry. No charges were filed against him. He was a witness forcibly removed without a warrant from a private backyard. They refused breathalyzer requests, as he was not drunk. He soiled his pants lying on a jail floor for hours, unable to move from a back spasm, while Provincetown police laughed. Many people have a difficult time believing a gay Mecca such as Provincetown has hate-filled police, but this was not an isolated incident. Their current chief has recently been suspended for numerous outrageous civil rights violations, including voter fraud, citizen intimidation and covering up interdepartmental sexual harassment. Two of the officers in our case are now involved in another civil rights lawsuit, having learned nothing from our incident except that they could get away with such abuse.
The town residents have only recently begun to awake from their slumber and cry out for action. Because so many people who visit Provincetown every year are second home-owners or gay vacationers, they don’t vote in the town and simply don’t care what is going on there. They just want to enjoy the scenery, get a vacation from work and party. The fact recently departed town manager (now leading another gay Mecca: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) Sharon Lynn attempted to cover up all of their actions, adds another element to this sad municipality. While there are many good officers, these Provincetown police are criminals who tarnish the badges of all good cops. This book tells the story of two former citizens of that town who had to fight criminal charges; ultimately winning against amazing odds, while a town, its police department and the District Attorney’s office were fervently against them.
Chapter 13: The "C" Word
Constituent. Citizen. Criminal. Those are at least three of the "C" words I had in mind while writing this chapter. This section is about the many elected officials and others in positions of power to whose attention we brought our case. I have focused on the one who lost her bid for both Senate and Governor of Massachusetts since our fight, Martha Coakley. Others included:
1. Governor Deval Patrick: Two-term Democrat, leaving office in 2015, who, at an invite-only fund-raising event, described what happened to us as a horrendous abuse of civil rights. He sent us to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, a certain dead-end, and he knew it.
2. Lt. Governor Tim Murray: Served 2007-2013. At a fund-raiser in a citizen’s home, he couldn’t believe what we had been through and was thoroughly disgusted. He also told us to reach out to AG Coakley. He later resigned after crashing a government-owned vehicle traveling 108 MPH on the Mass Pike; one of many elected officials we contacted who ended their careers in just a few short years either in disgrace or in prison. In August 2013, Murray paid $80,000 to avoid possible prosecution for illegal campaign donations; such is the nature of politics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
3. Senator Ted Kennedy: We continually reached out to his office for help. Dying of cancer by the summer of 2009 (his 47th year as a Senator), he passed away in August of that year. We didn't expect help from him, but his representatives could have returned one of our many calls during the first two years of our plight.
4. Senator Scott Brown: He personally called to inquire about our incident, receiving my support via an extremely viral Facebook post and web site. Mr. Brown later won his race against Democratic AG Martha Coakley, becoming the first elected Republican Senator from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke in 1972, a very unlikely feat in a very blue state. He is now running for the same position in nearby New Hampshire.
5. Congressman Barney Frank: As an openly gay, long-term Congressman (1981 until 2013), the House of Representatives reprimanded him in 1990 for helping a male prostitute, with whom he had a relationship, with parking tickets and other criminal records. In the summer of 2007, just after our incident, we found him drunk at a gay bar in Ogunquit, Maine; where he managed to utter that he had one of his homes in Provincetown and that Boston wasn’t under his jurisdiction—or something to that effect. It was ‘Frankly’ hard to understand him.
6. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: The city’s longest serving Mayor, having been elected in 1993, he knew me, as I had introduced the Mayor at many events. One time, stumbling over my intro, I said that I was starting to talk like him (as his nickname was “mumbles”), a comment he laughed about when he took the microphone. Menino gave me a Proclamation for service to the city the week of our incident and then, in person, he brusquely mumbled, "That's a criminal matter which happened on Cape Cod" and walked away from me. The fact that I had lived in his city since 1981 didn’t matter. He left office in 2014 and passed away shortly afterwards. He was a kind guy who did a lot for the city, but he just didn't want to get involved with our case.
7. District Attorney of the Cape & Islands Michael O’Keefe: Often called ‘The most notorious and worst DA in all Massachusetts’ (The Cape Cod Voice, June 2008), he’s been the subject of many criminal investigations and numerous attacks in the press for what he had done to us and others, including a full page story in the Boston Phoenix.
8. Former Speaker of the State House Sal DiMasi: 1979-2009. When meeting him at a benefit at Boston’s Cyclorama building, we got a chance to chronicle our account. He told us to call his office the following day and then never answered, despite numerous attempts. He’s now serving an eight-year prison sentence for charges ranging from conspiracy to mail fraud.
9. State Senator Dianne Wilkerson: 1993-2008. The first African American female elected to this position. Sadly, Dianne was the only official to truly get that you can’t be arrested for speaking in a private backyard and that a grave injustice was committed in our case. From the very first phone call, when she said this happens to Black Americans all the time—‘but to a little white guy?’—I knew she understood. Dianne immediately met us for breakfast, attended and spoke eloquently at two fundraisers. At the first, hearing that we had by then appeared in Orleans District Court no less than 15 times, she stated: “I deal with people every day just waiting for their day in court. I think it’s pretty outrageous that the Barnstable D.A. (Michael O’Keefe) thinks Barry Scott should spend every day in court.” The second time she spoke out for us turned out to be her final public appearance before her arrest for bribery, which occurred the following morning. Although investigators have alleged pictures of this event, after what we have witnessed in corrupt Massachusetts, I find anything is possible and her guilt has not been proven. Those pictures could have been photo-shopped. To me, every conviction reported in the state is suspect. Dianne was given a three and a half year sentence.
10. Maura Healey, Assistant Attorney General, who is now running for the AG’s office herself claiming to be a champion of Civil Rights. She is just as bad as Martha Coakley, her current boss. Numerous times she told us there was nothing her office could do to help, finding no civil wrongs in our case and she was in CHARGE of that division!
We also contacted Sarah Peake, who represented the district in question at the State House. She unfortunately resided in Provincetown and was a good friend of the Town Manager, even writing recommendations for her as she desperately tried to procure a job in another town; The Boston chapter of the ACLU, who wrote an Amicus brief supporting us; The Gay & Lesbian Bar Association; GLAD/Gay & Lesbian Advocate Defenders (they hold their annual awards in Ptown); Human Rights Campaign (who have a store in town and told us to forget about the incident); the FBI and even the U.S. Department of Justice/Civil Rights Division. The best I can say about any of these people or organizations is that the DOJ did contact me, via a Victim Witness Coordinator, who kindly sent a pamphlet entitled “Addressing Police Misconduct” and even took the time out to underline sections which would apply to me. That was rare and impressive. He advised us to go to the Boston office of the F.B.I. and report our story. We were told by attorneys not to get them involved. The rest were either a waste of time or proved a negative interaction.
This included many reporters. The one who wrote the most accurate accounts for the local Provincetown paper, Pru Sowers (who even hinted at the improprieties in my trial in an e-mail and article), later blasted us in Facebook posts as well as in a particularly hurtful text to Bryan. By then involved with a significant other who was an ardent supporter of the Town Manager, she berated me for removing her from my personal Facebook page: “You don't live here and don't have a clue about the depth and breadth of Provincetown. You can only see the town through your self-focused and self-centered viewpoint. Get over yourself, Barry. You're just not that important.” To Bryan, what she texted was even more evil. Taking information gleaned as a reporter: that Bryan was on pain pills for his back when the cops abused him, she wrote: “Bryan: Take another pill.” Particularly harsh at that time as Bryan had finally kicked his habit; no thanks to doctors and health insurance companies who constantly found it the easiest and cheapest remedy for chronic pain, as opposed to expensive physical therapy or further surgery.
Mary Ann Bragg was the Provincetown beat reporter for the Cape Cod Times. Her articles always seemed to leave out crucial details. As a news person, she never saw a problem with the fact I was arrested for free speech. We always wondered why. In September 2013, it was discovered she had secretly written a glowing job recommendation for Town Manager Sharon Lynn (still trying to get out of town), despite a myriad of civil rights violations which had occurred that summer, including citizen and voter intimidation, sexual harassment in the police department and more police lawsuits, one of which involved officers in our case: Steele and Barone. When this fact was revealed by a Florida paper, where Lynn had tried to get a job, citizens were incensed that she could be reporting on the Town Manager who was their main source of trouble. After writing the editor of the paper, as I am sure many others did, she was promptly removed from covering that beat, at least temporarily:
"Dear Mr. Scott, Thank you for writing. We appreciate the concern you raised and want you to know that at this time Mary Ann Bragg is not covering Provincetown. Let me be clear, Mary Ann is an excellent reporter and has done nothing wrong here. When asked to provide a professional reference for someone with whom she has worked for more than a decade, she did all the right things: She sought the advice of an editor, who advised her that if she were to provide such a reference, she should speak only about their professional working relationship and not give a personal opinion or share the detail of a personal relationship, if any existed. As you can clearly read from the reference, Mary Ann did exactly that – simply offered commentary about her professional dealings with Sharon Lynn. Unfortunately, this professional reference can give the perception of a conflict, and in the business of journalism, where we must maintain the highest standards of ethics; even a perception can have a negative effect on a reporter’s credibility. So Mary Ann and I have agreed it best for her to cover another beat so she is not reporting on matters related to Sharon Lynn. Again, this response is the result of a perception – not a reality – of conflict. Mary Ann has done a fine job covering Provincetown and we fully support her reporting. I hope this addresses your concerns. Sincerely, Paul Pronovost, Editor"
My favorite part of this e-mail was “the perception of a conflict.” Indeed. We’ll get to the gay publications and their reaction to what was going on in ‘their town’ in another chapter.
We finally arrive upon Martha Coakley, who was Attorney General of Massachusetts, later losing runs for both Senate and Governor. She began her illustrious law career in 1979 and then joined the Lowell District Attorney’s office as ADA. A strategic career move to Middlesex County led her to the successful courtroom prosecution of 19 year-old English Nanny, Louise Woodward, in a shaken baby death case which gained national attention, a fact she still touts on her own web page. She leaves out her involvement in the notorious Fells Acres child molestation disgrace, cited as a model of the day care sex abuse hysteria which occurred nationally during that period (a bit like the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of the mid 1600s). As head of the child abuse and sex crimes unit, Coakley used an often mocked psychological technique requiring recovered memories of past child abuse, either through hypnotherapy or, in the occurrence of young children, using dolls and other props to get them to remember such events. Here, a mother, sister and brother were convicted of multiple charges of child abuse; although none were fully proven and later it appeared many of the children were coached into making up statements that such treatment had ever happened.
In 2001, after the two females were released from prison upon the overturn of their convictions, the state Parole Board unanimously recommended clemency for their brother, Gerald “Tooky” Amirault, as well. Coakley vehemently lobbied against his release, keeping him in prison a total of eighteen years, until 2004. The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications, cited her involvement in this particular litigation, in spite of the overwhelming lack of evidence, as a continued example of her poor judgment and desire for higher political office. Journal writer Dorothy Rabinowitz, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on this exact story, wrote that therapists coached the children, but Coakley continued to insert herself into this high-profile case where the press avalanche enabled her name recognition to skyrocket.
A similar situation existed in the form of grandparents Ray and Shirley Souza, who were accused of molesting their children and grandchildren. Although no physical evidence existed (just like in the litigation above), Coakley continued her prosecutorial over-reach. Although a judge later ruled that the elderly couple did not have to serve their original 9 to 15 year prison sentence, as Coakley so desired, they were placed on probation and their lives ruined as well. Many in the legal community questioned her overzealous tactics and use of the press to further her career. She intended to run for John Kerry’s Senate seat in 2004, if he was elected President, but that was not to be, so she waited a few more years to attempt this failed jump.
Anyone who has seen the 2010 Hollywood blockbuster, “Conviction,” starring Hilary Swank, would be familiar with another high profile case involving Ms. Coakley, prior to her ascendancy to state Attorney General. She consistently refused to hear testimony, which would have freed Massachusetts resident Ken Waters from prison—even after DNA had proven his innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt in a 1980 murder case. In the movie, Ken’s sister, Betty Anne Waters (played by Swank) calls Coakley “an evil bitch” when she blocks another attempt to free her innocent brother, who she helped convict. Ken was finally freed from prison after 18 years, in June 2001, but died in a fall a mere six months later. Coakley has never apologized for being part of this inhumanity.
In yet another high profile case, this time involving a police officer from Somerville, MA; Coakley curiously did not charge him for the sexual abuse of a two year old girl, despite there being actual evidence this time. She finally did indict him during her campaign for Attorney General, when her opponent, an attorney representing the child’s mother, threatened to file a criminal complaint about the abuse. In an outrageous move, Coakley had him released without cash bail. After she was elected Attorney General in 2006, that same police officer was given two life sentences for his crime by a law-abiding judge. She is consistent in her support of police officers, no matter how abhorrent their crimes or the multitude of facts against them. A second film is now in the works involving the dirty fingerprints of Martha Coakley.
Inheriting Boston’s 2006 “Big Dig” tunnel tile collapse fatality case, she received high praise for negotiating a six hundred million dollar settlement for the Commonwealth to help reimburse costs. Of course, the “Big Dig” had become a national symbol of excess and taxpayer waste, involving several administrations and years of incompetence. Residents of the state were, by then, so disgusted at the monetary over-runs and shoddy construction, this particular win was seen as a rare giant victory for all and certainly a lucky circumstance for it to be finished during her initial tenure as Attorney General. She used it to her advantage for months afterwards.
Coakley’s name and face is in the news frequently. She calculatingly uses the media at every chance. Her press department has releases prepared about her ‘good work’ at each opportunity, yet she did not investigate Boston Mayor Menino’s office for violating laws when destroying public e-mails. She declined to hold state District Attorney’s accountable for their questionable behaviors, including those of the previously mentioned Cape & Islands DA Michael O’Keefe, despite his obvious flagrant legal and civil rights violations. She drafted a far-reaching internet obscenity law, which was easily overturned by a federal judge because it would have included web sites involving pregnancy or birth control and was a clear violation of the First Amendment by inhibiting free speech. That one would become very familiar to me after my incident. Even when she negotiated large settlements from a few banks, her words at the multitude of press conferences that followed seemed so, well, self-congratulatory and ego-driven.
Within a week of our nightmare at the hands of the Provincetown Police during the summer of 2007, I wrote Martha Coakley a letter describing our incident in great detail and appealing for her help:
“I can’t believe a simple noise complaint could have ended with a summer Police Officer twice my size literally brutalizing me in a private backyard without a warrant. Action needs to be taken to drop these charges immediately. Changes need to be made in the town. I am charged with simple misdemeanors and the Provincetown Police are now banding together to stick to their false story. Please see to the truth through your own internal investigation, read the actual witness accounts and I believe you will come to the same conclusion.”
After receiving no response, I called and spoke with her “Civil Rights Division,” at the time headed by Maura Healey. After listening to my factual account, she seemed suitably disgusted and promised to bring it to the attention of Ms. Coakley. This was the first of dozens of phone calls to both her office and that of the Attorney General itself. Countless times I heard that they were investigating the incident and were aware of problems occurring in Provincetown that summer. The fact that many in her office were openly gay (including Healey) did not help when attacking ‘their town.’ Remember, ours was not the only case during the period, dubbed by one press outlet as ‘The Summer of Hate’ in that municipality.
Hearing about a fund-raising event at the home of a prominent attorney just outside of Boston, Bryan and I secured an invitation via a mutual friend, put on suits as we had for numerous court appearances—by then it was October and charges had continued thanks to D.A. O’Keefe’s office and unrelenting town officials—and went to the gathering. People in attendance were chatting openly about her running for an inevitable open Senate seat. The house was very crowded, filled to capacity, but we managed to find Maura Healey among those being solicited for donations. She promised to get us a few moments with Ms. Coakley before the night was over. We stood through her speech, oddly about the many abuses of absolute power, which can corrupt. She was articulate, yet cold. Donations flowed. Food was served. Drinks poured.
Finally, we were ushered into a room where Coakley was seated comfortably on a cushy couch. There was no need to introduce ourselves, she had heard about us by that time; yet she asked us to tell our story, which we did as briefly as possible without leaving out any major facts or police transgressions. At one point, while I was talking about Bryan being injured in the cell next to me (after my beating and arrest); I choked up and she reached out for my hand to hold it. She seemed compassionate enough and even held Bryan’s hand as he confirmed the hell he went through that night while police laughed at his situation in Provincetown’s illegal protective custody. He commented that her hands were soft (a very Bryan thing to say) and her first remarks to us were about the kind of moisturizer she used, vacuous and not particularly helpful.
Her following words are forever ingrained in both of our memories. Continuing with the theme of her recently delivered speech, she said, “This is an absolute abuse of power. I detest abuses of power. Please follow-up with Maura Healey and my Civil Rights Division to ensure that you receive the proper help.” She continued about how people in positions of authority should never be allowed to overstep them, how she was a champion for civil rights and for the rights of Gays and Lesbians as well. The last part certainly seemed true, I’ll give her that much. She pandered to that community and they ate it up. We sucked it all up that night as well. It was still early enough in our fight to believe her words might be followed by action. Maybe these charges could be stopped or, at the very least, we could get some help to fight the District Attorney in this particularly criminal part of the Commonwealth and avoid expensive legal bills and years of hell. Maura Healey was there and heard every word. We shook hands with Coakley and got up to leave. We wrote a check with the hope that she might follow through with us and left the party feeling elated for the first time in months.
A few days later, on October 23, 2007, a letter arrived at my house. Despite all the promises and the contemptible civil rights transgressions we had been fighting since July, it was a refusal of help from the Attorney General’s office:
“Your complaint against the Provincetown Police Department was reviewed and I am writing to inform you that we are not going to intervene or further pursue this matter at this time. I regret that we cannot assist you further in this matter and thank you again for contacting the Office of the Attorney General.”
We were speechless. The letter stated we could file a discrimination complaint (being gay and abused by cops) or “file a criminal complaint against the officers in the district court in which the alleged incident took place.” Of the first action, my lawyer advised against doing so, since Provincetown was so well known as a gay haven. As for the second recommendation, this was the very district court and D.A. that was charging me with misdemeanors. My lawyer still held hope that charges would be dropped by the end of the year, so filing a criminal complaint at that time—although it was something we both wanted to do badly—would not help the situation. They would only dig their heels in further. In the end, it wouldn’t matter either way. The charges were not dismissed.
Then the kicker, proving for us that Martha Coakley was a complete fraud. Instead of helping out citizens in their one time of need, she used it for her own political gain. In a press release dated May 23, 2008 (exactly two months before my trial date), originating from the Attorney General’s Office, came this:
PROVINCETOWN- Members of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Civil Rights Division together with the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Fenway Community Health Center completed the last in a series of hate crimes sessions for the Provincetown Police Department yesterday afternoon. The first session, held in February 2008, also included members of…the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. “Hate crimes against residents and visitors to Massachusetts will not be tolerated. We know the uniquely devastating impact that hate crimes have on both victims and communities,” said Attorney General Coakley. “These trainings have been an opportunity for my office to work together with the police to ensure that there is a consistent approach to investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. We welcome the opportunity to continue to work together with members of the community and local law enforcement to combat hate crimes.”
Copying that famous line from “Conviction,” the Hollywood blockbuster: “Martha Coakley: You evil bitch!” I would have said it if she were a man or a woman. I’m sure many people have exclaimed it along the way. This ridiculous press release continues to declare, “The Attorney General’s Office is responsible for enforcing the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act.” Coakley wouldn’t know civil rights if it was in a jar of hand moisturizer and she rubbed it all over her cowardly body. Another tidbit revealed in this press release, much to our surprise, was the reality that the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston was also involved. Oddly, Bryan and I were part of their Violence Recovery Program and had been pouring our hearts out to their counselors, supposedly anonymously, for months. They never told us that in return, they were going to train those same animals behind our backs, while I was still being charged for a hate crime they perpetrated. We went in, blasted them for it and never returned for counseling at that location again.
Just before my trial in late May 2008, Coakley’s office once again trained the Provincetown Police, although it still seemed they had done no wrong. In a Provincetown Banner article on May 29, 2008 (written by Pru Sowers) it states ‘The Attorney General’s office may obtain civil rights injunctions against people who deprive others of their civil rights through intimidation, threats, coercion or violence.’ I guess the emphasis is on the ‘may’—which Martha Coakley thinks means ‘never.’ Then this quote from press hound Coakley: “These trainings have been an opportunity for my office to work together with the police to ensure that there is a consistent approach to investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.” Yes, she consistently allows those crimes to happen all the time. By then, she was most-likely a factor in what would turn out to be my forthcoming monkey trial.
Before Senator Ted Kennedy had even passed away in 2009, Coakley’s office was making it apparent that she would be the Democratic candidate to attempt to fill his seat. It had been the worst kept secret for a few years. Kennedy passed on August 25th and, biting at the bit like a horse, she filed the paperwork less than seven days later. She would soon face Republican Scott Brown in a special election in January 2010. It was her election to lose, as a Democratic Senator to replace Ted Kennedy was not only an expectation, but thought to be the only possible outcome.
By that point, my case was slowly heading to the State Appeals Court. Our upcoming civil trial was a couple years away. Newspapers still printed accounts of what happened to us in Provincetown, as more incidents from within that lawless place came to light. Ours was the story that wouldn’t die. The injustice of it all was quite plain to some journalists. I continued to post on my Facebook page as well as on a web site dedicated to our cause. Eventually, word got around that I was fervently opposed to Ms. Coakley and had the facts and verbiage to back it up. One morning, my phone rang and it was Scott Brown himself.
His call hadn’t come out of the blue. Scott had sent me a Facebook message stating that he was a long-time fan of my radio show. I had replied that I was a strong supporter of his Senate run and mentioned my intense disgust for Coakley. During our first phone conversation, he listened as I, yet again, related the facts, including Martha Coakley’s cowardly inaction. He offered words of support for what we had been through, and as a lawyer, mentioned the hope that we would see it to the state appeals level. There was no false proposal of help, as in his current position he could offer none. But, he did ask the right questions, was sincerely touched by the story and came across as human as Coakley was inhumane.
Since the gay community vociferously supported Coakley (for her help—however tangential—in the legalization of gay marriage in the state), as most were ardent Democrats, the same crowd despised Scott Brown. Without hesitation, he asked how my partner was doing. He displayed total empathy to our situation as a couple and when I told him many in the gay community were against him, he said that he admired what we had been through and had no problems whatsoever about our being gay. It was so low-key, so human and down to earth; I found it to be genuine and believable. As it turned out, Massachusetts saw the same as I did in the two opposing candidates. Coakley was inaccessible. She was accused of being a “diva” that didn’t want to do the work necessary to win, but expected to be the victor nevertheless. She avoided debates, limited her hand-shaking and public appearances. The liberal Boston Globe, although endorsing her (unlike the conservative Boston Herald who went with Brown), still had columnists asking why she wasn’t pressing the flesh like her opponent. She coldly replied, in a now infamous retort: “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?'' The stodgy paper previously had reported that she was “icy, relentless” and hinted that she wasn’t exactly nice. That was the understatement of the campaign. She was abrasive; with a hairstyle as severe as her body language. You couldn’t like her…and Massachusetts didn’t.
Accounts of Scott Brown’s phone call, coupled with relentless posts--reaching tens of thousands of constituents on my own social pages and reported by various other web sites--were striking a chord. Week by week, her initially huge ratings lead began to diminish. Polls were starting to hint at the impossible, that she might not be the best candidate to fill Kennedy’s shoes. In fact, she was the polar human opposite of Kennedy in virtually every way. Gaffe after gaffe occurred on the campaign trail. She stated that terrorists were out of Afghanistan and winning wasn’t a possibility there. These and other comments showed a complete lack of understanding of local, national and world affairs. She called ace pitcher Curt Schilling a “Yankee fan” (since he supported Scott Brown), although he was then a huge star on the Boston Red Sox roster. This made her the butt of jokes all over the country. Like many American candidates, Coakley got into trouble with financial reports on numerous occasions, including visits to her sister in London, listed as related to foreign policy. She claimed no personal assets although an account existed under her husband's name with over $200,000 and there was a personal IRA, somehow forgotten. Let’s see you and I try that one!
Coakley never took on the police. It was her standard operating procedure and perhaps the main reason she refused to help us. Her long-range goal was to receive the blessing of the police union in her Senate run. She didn’t get it. Scott Brown did. In the end, the unthinkable became possible because she lacked a human connection with voters. She lost to Brown by over five percentage votes, making him the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts since 1972.
Over ten years ago, Coakley told the Boston Globe that if her political career were to end, she would “retire to Martha’s Vineyard and write murder mysteries.” Of course, she did not follow her own words; they were as hollow as she is. Coakley was re-elected Attorney General later in 2010 (perhaps that’s a job meant for an ice princess) and on September 15th, 2013, she announced her run for Governor when Deval Patrick retired the following year after two terms. Her new, researched 'softer' haircut, unlike her previous severe ‘butch’ style (25 consultants probably worked on this part of the robot alone), doesn't hide the fact she's the same person who hasn't done her job for years. She was immediately acccused of receiving improper funds, leading her own assistant AG, Maura Healey, to criticize her in the press. The night she was defeated by Republican Charlie Baker, she quietly left the building where all her supporters had gathered to celebrate her victory. Demonstrating her lack of character and sense of judgment once again, she didn't even thank them for all their hard work on her campaign. She decided not to concede the race until the following morning, but decency should have directed her to at least show her face and demonstrate a little bit of gratitude to those assembled. They all quietly went home without a glimpse of their false prophet.
Let’s hope that she leaves public office to write that first murder mystery novel. Since she’s so good at making things up, it might be the appropriate occupation. At least, she wouldn’t hurt citizens like us anymore. She made our lives a living hell for years and that could have all been stopped back in 2007, less than one year before her office decided that the Provincetown Police lacked skills and knowledge of civil rights. It was an item we brought to her attention, but she cared so little about it, since it would not further her career in any way. Police union support was more important to her than our lives. Coakley caused us 5 1/2 years of judicial hell. Who knows how many others have suffered due to her inaction? Martha Coakley truly is a cowardly fraud. She enabled the “Provincetown Summer of Hate” which followed our incident, details of which are in the following chapter.
Copyright 2014. Look for the forthcoming book!
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