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McCormick: Insider Coakley Dragged Her Feet on Justice

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(The following was originally published on Jeff McCormick’s campaign website.)

Quincy, MA-After pressure from a series of articles by the Boston Globe, an investigation by an outside group, a class action lawsuit by families of patients, and my repeated calls for a special prosecutor, Martha Coakley has finally decided to do the right thing for the family of Joshua Messier. In a recent statement by the AG’s office, Coakley has announced that she will appoint a special prosecutor to look into the death of Joshua Messier at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009.

From the very beginning, Martha Coakley has chosen to defend the corrections officers involved and the Plymouth District Attorney’s office, rather than standing up for the most vulnerable population of the Commonwealth.

A few weeks ago, I again highlighted the lack of transparency in this case from both sides of the aisle.  You can listen to the audio here.  As Governor, I will stand up for what is right for the people of the Commonwealth with transparency and expediency, rather than bend to the will of special interests groups protecting the insiders around me.

Unfortunately this case is not the only instance where Martha Coakley has chosen to drag her feet in doing the right thing.  Just last week the Davis family, whose son was beaten by state employees in the 1990s, filed a lawsuit against her. The family was awarded a settlement by two separate courts but it has yet to be paid.

This record is troubling for someone who says she will work for the people of Massachusetts. Time and again, she has been on the side defending the insiders.

Jeff McCormick says: “Baker is Out of Touch on Central American Migrants.”

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(The following was originally published on Jeff McCormick’s campaign website.)

Quincy, MA – Jeff McCormick says: “Baker is out of touch on Central American migrants.”

Independent candidate for Governor Jeff McCormick criticized Republican Charlie Baker for his continued support of Deval Patrick’s plans to host hundreds of migrants from Central America.

McCormick, responding to Baker’s comments on WCVB’s Sunday morning “On the Record” show said: “It is naive of Charlie Baker to think that the federal government will fulfill their promise of processing the Central American migrants within 35 days. That’s like believing the “Big Dig”was on time and on budget.”

McCormick has consistently stated: “The world is filled with many people who suffer from hunger, terror, war and injustice, the people of Massachusetts can not solve all of the problems of the world.”

CommonWealth: McCormick is a Threat to Baker’s Candidacy

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(The following was originally published in CommonWealth.)

CHARLIE BAKER IS a businessman who wants to be governor of Massachusetts. His pitch largely revolves around jobs, education, and his private-sector experience. Jeff McCormick is also a businessman who wants to be governor of Massachusetts. Like Baker, McCormick is putting a heavy emphasis on jobs, education, and his career in business.

The contest between Baker, the longtime Massachusetts Republican fixture, and McCormick, an independent from Boston, is largely a zero-sum game. Polling data indicate that, whatever McCormick’s vote tally winds up being in November, almost all of his votes will be coming out of Baker’s column.

Tim Cahill, the former Democratic state treasurer, set the high-water mark for independent gubernatorial candidates four years ago. Cahill’s third-party run against Gov. Deval Patrick and Baker netted more than 184,000 votes, or 8 percent of the vote. Cahill was a conservative Democrat who built his campaign around a pitch to disaffected Democrats and rightward-leaning independents — the type of crossover voters who would normally be targeted by Republican campaigns.

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The Republic: Independent Candidate for Governor Jeff McCormick Delivers 17,000 signatures to Town Clerks

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(The following was originally published in The Republic.)

BOSTON — Independent candidate for governor Jeff McCormick says he’s submitted more than 17,000 signatures to local city and town clerks to help secure a spot on the November ballot.

Once the clerks certify the signatures, McCormick has until Aug. 26 to deliver them to state Secretary William Galvin’s office.

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McCormick Calls on Gubernatorial Rivals to State Where Stand on Special Prosecutor for Messier Case

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(The following was originally published on Jeff McCormick’s campaign website.)

Quincy MA – Responding to the latest fallout from the Bridgewater State Hospital scandal, Jeff McCormick, independent candidate for governor, today called on his opponents to state where they stand on the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Joshua Messier case.

Joshua Messier was a 23-year-old mental patient who died while correction officers were placing him in restraints. Mr. Messier’s autopsy revealed injuries that are consistent with a beating.

McCormick said, “It was announced last Thursday that State Corrections Commissioner Luis Spencer was forced to resign because of ‘foot-dragging’ on an investigation of a recent case of alleged patient abuse at Bridgewater State Hospital. This confirms what so many of us already knew- – the culture at Bridgewater State Hospital needs a major overhaul.”

McCormick added, “The political insiders, starting with Attorney General Coakley and Plymouth County District Attorney Cruz, have set the wrong example because they have shown through their actions, more concern for defending the system than reforming it. That is why four different prominent patient advocacy groups have called the Messier case a ‘government whitewash’ and have also called on Coakley to appoint a special prosecutor.  In addition, three families of patients have launched a class action suit to force reforms at Bridgewater State Hospital.

McCormick said, “Since March, I have been calling on Attorney General Coakley to appoint a special prosecutor in this case.  Now I am calling on the Republicans, Mark Fisher and Charlie Baker, as well as the other Democrats, Steve Grossman and Don Berwick, to join with me and take a stand for justice by calling for a special prosecutor.  The Messier case was called a homicide by the medical examiner yet no guard has ever spent one day in a courtroom.  In fact, Attorney General Coakley originally had her staff defending the guards in question which now prevents her from pursuing the case.”

McCormick stated, “Reform will only occur when an open and honest review of the facts takes place. That can only happen with the appointment of a special prosecutor. We owe that to all of our citizens, especially our most vulnerable, the mentally ill.”

Boston Herald: Eagan: Crisis May Give Governor Longshot his Niche

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(The following was originally published in the Boston Herald.)

You mean you’ve never heard of would-be governor Jeff McCormick?

That may soon change.

The fight over Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to shelter immigrant children in Massachusetts is heating up. It spilled into a Beacon Hill debate yesterday. And today Republicans opposed to bringing the children here will hold a State House summit with sheriffs and elected officials who don’t want them here, either.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and pediatrician Don Berwick all support the governor’s plan. With certain caveats, so does Republican Charlie Baker.

But McCormick, the millionaire businessman running as an independent, opposes housing the children.

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