Maura Healey drew a sharp line between herself and her Republican challenger shortly after snagging the Democratic gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday night, vowing that her November contender will “bring Trumpism to Massachusetts.”
Healey qualified for the gubernatorial general election with the Democratic nomination after winning the primary election unopposed, launching a race against Republican Geoff Diehl, backed by Donald Trump, a former representative from Whitman State.
While it’s unclear who Healey would face this fall when she took the stage to address her supporters just after 9 p.m., she made clear her stark political differences with the two Republican primary candidates. as governor, Diehl and businessman Chris Doughty.
“We don’t know yet who the Republican nominee will be, but we already know a lot about him, whether it’s Geoff Diehl or Chris Doughty,” Healey told supporters. “We know he will put politics before progress. We know he will be someone who is disconnected from the values we stand for.
“They will bring Trumpism to Massachusetts – and they have both said they will support Donald Trump in 2024,” she added. “I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the anger, the vitriol, the division. It’s not who we are. That’s not what Massachusetts is.
As the state’s top prosecutor, Healey, elected attorney general in 2014, built a progressive reputation fighting a wide range of industries and institutions, from opioid manufacturers to the e-cigarette giant. , July.
Healey has also been a harsh critic of Trump. Under his tenure, the state attorney general’s office has sued the Trump administration nearly 100 times.
That record could play well for Healey in the general election.
Polls ahead of Tuesday’s election showed Healey the most popular candidate on the field, among Democratic and Republican candidates.
A University of Suffolk /boston globe A survey in July showed Healey had a considerable advantage in a hypothetical game against Diehl.
Speaking on WBZ’s “NightSide with Dan Rea” shortly after polls closed on Tuesday night, Healey said she felt “absolutely” confident about her chances in November.
“The point is, the one that emerges tonight is really representative, I think, of a direction that not many people are looking to go in our state,” Healey told host Dan Rea. “You know, reproductive freedom and access to safe and legal abortion are things that are on the minds of a lot of people, men and women, right now and none of my opponents support that.”
Diehl, who is pro-life, raised specific issues with parts of the law regarding late-term abortions, but also acknowledged that his ability to change the law was hampered by a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature.
“Until we have a legislature that feels it wants to protect life, or that the Roe Act is bad, abortion will be protected in Massachusetts,” Diehl told Boston.com in August.
Diehl, when asked last month how he would appeal to Massachusetts voters, pointed to the fact that Healey would likely have to consider the state of the economy under fellow Democrat President Joe Biden.
“I’m going to be challenged with things that I think are happening with our current administration that are not helping the people of Massachusetts economically. So it will be a mixed bag,” Diehl said. “Federally, the choices we’ve made, Maura Healey, I think she’s going to have to champion a lot of the policies that [Biden] did that really set us back a bit economically for our country and our state.
In his victory speech on Tuesday, Diehl said Healey would “put big government before individual freedom” and said costs would rise under his administration.
“Maura Healey, as governor, would steer our state in the wrong direction — down a path of higher taxes and sweeping legislation…” Diehl said. “Under his leadership, Massachusetts would be more expensive, more excessive, and more restrictive.”
While voters will have the fall to seek more details on how Diehl and Healey might approach their plans for the state’s economy differently, Healey seemed better placed to get her message across starting Tuesday night.
Healey, 51, faced no game for his party’s support after Boston State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz ended her campaign in June.
A third candidate, Harvard professor Danielle Allen, suspended her campaign in February.
With little resistance in the primary, Healey saved up a war chest that boasted $4.7 million by the end of August, the documents show. Diehl, meanwhile, had $16,696.
“We have work to do but the choice in this election could not be clearer. It’s a choice between partisanship and progress, between dividing the people and delivering for the people,” Healey said Tuesday.
“Our campaign aims to make the state more affordable, grow the economy, increase opportunity for all, and protect reproductive freedom. That’s what we stand for.
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