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September 19, 2013

Coakley campaign hits Gloucester

Three days into her 2014 campaign for governor, state Attorney General Martha Coakley rolled into Gloucester Wednesday, braking at the brewing company on Rogers Street to spend a half hour shaking hands and conversing with fishermen, community leaders and residents who gathered and rotated around her.

About 30 area residents turned up at Cape Ann Brewing Company Wednesday afternoon to meet Coakley and hear her out. In addressing the group, Coakley spoke about turning around the economy in a rotation that would pull people at all levels along and up the “ladder of success.”

“I’m going to roll up my sleeves and work across the Commonwealth to make sure we turn this economy around for everybody,” Coakley said, adding a vow. “I’m going to be up here for you as governor.”

As attorney general, Coakley has stepped into a key role fighting for Massachusetts fishermen, filing a federal lawsuit challenging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s alleged refusal to consider the economic impact of its dire limit cuts on Gloucester and other fishing communities. A standard of the Magnuson Stevens Act would have required that consideration.

Gov. Deval Patrick certified the economic hardship this week in fishing communities like Gloucester as deserving help. But Coakley called the Small Business Administration loans that could reach fishermen as a result of the certification, “a false remedy.”

Massachusetts’ governor, Coakley said, needs to push for aid to our fishing communities at all times.

“A governor has a great opportunity, starting with the bully pulpit, to say we need help here,” Coakley said. “At the outset, it is setting a leadership tone.”

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, introducing Coakley as a friend and colleague, ushered her into the restaurant and touted the advantage of electing Coakley as governor given her experience as Attorney General.

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