BOSTON (AP) — Hopes for a so-called “people’s pledge” in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor could be fading.
Attorney General Martha Coakley asked fellow Democratic candidates Friday to sign a pledge aimed at keeping outside groups from launching attack ads.
Coakley’s proposal comes a day after fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful state Treasurer Steven Grossman chided Coakley for failing to agree to what he called an “iron-clad” pledge six months ago.
Grossman called Coakley’s latest offer “a political ploy” with loopholes and said he’ll “no longer be negotiating” a pledge with Coakley. This week Grossman supporters formed a political action committee aimed at helping elect him.
Juliette Kayyem, another Democratic hopeful, said she’s willing to talk but also blamed Coakley for the collapse of talks over a pledge last year.
Democrats Joseph Avellone and Donald Berwick are also running.