Maura Healey defends her record and promises a tough line on climate issues

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“There hasn’t been a single case that has come to my office that we haven’t taken in this area.”

Attorney General Maura Healey. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe

Days into her gubernatorial campaign, Attorney General Maura Healey defended her record on public corruption cases after a boston globe review last month found mixed results for charges brought by his office for alleged wrongdoing.

Healey, the state’s chief prosecutor since 2015, has won more than 20 convictions in cases of public malfeasance or corruption, according to the World.

However, weeks before the Democrat’s official foray into the gubernatorial race, court records showed that “almost as often cases end quietly with no guilty verdict, or are dropped or dismissed,” the court reported. newspaper.

Under Healey’s tenure, the attorney general’s office indicted more than 60 public employees and nonprofit leaders, though none of the charges were filed against any elected official, according to the review.

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors over the past seven years have secured convictions against three officials and indicted a fourth, the World reported.

Healey responded to the World report in a recent appearance on GBH’s Boston Public Radio, tell co-host Margery Eagan, simply, “Look at my file.”

Healey, 50, touted a record of attacks on powerful interests and government figures, from former President Donald Trump’s administration to opioid manufacturers, and shed light on consumer fraud in the Massachusetts, Eagan noted.

“You just listed dozens of political corruption prosecutions — successful prosecutions — brought by my office,” Healey said during last week’s segment. ” I’m proud of it. I have never looked away or backed down from corruption.

Healey said she believed “so deeply in ensuring people’s trust in government” and promised to continue to pursue the cases.

“My record will speak for itself,” she continued. “Is it true that there are other prosecutors who do more? Absolutely, and I congratulate him on that, you know.

“We work closely with our federal partners on many fronts, but I’m proud of my office’s record in fighting and fighting public corruption,” Healey added. “And there hasn’t been a single case that has come to my office that we haven’t taken in this area, and that’s why you’ve seen dozens and dozens of lawsuits.”

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On climate, Healey promises to be “the most aggressive governor in the country”

In his run for Democratic governor, Healey faces two challengers so far: State Representative Sonia Chang-Díaz and Harvard professor Danielle Allen, both of whom launched campaigns earlier last year. .

The attorney general, who is now advocating for her candidacy, has redoubled her efforts to focus on jobs and reshape Massachusetts’ economy in the wake of COVID-19 and rising inflation during an interview on WCVB’s “On The Record” on Sunday.

“I think that’s what’s important to voters in the state,” Healey said. “I mean, workforce development, child care, housing prices, the cost of living in general – these are things people are concerned about. These are the things that people talk about in my office. And these are things that the governor – the next governor – will have to deal with.

“We have a lot of money coming in,” she added. “One of the questions will be how can this money be used, distributed, invested in a way that supports an economy where everyone can prosper, where everyone can grow?”

Healey said that if the state can’t meet its high cost of living and housing shortage, “we’re not going to be where we need to be.”

“We also have to deal with child care, which is currently a barrier preventing so many women from returning to the workforce,” Healey said. “So all of those things are incredibly important. The same goes for climate, and I said that as governor I will be the most aggressive governor in the country when it comes to addressing the climate crisis.

Healey, even as she still clears her agenda for the corner office, entered the race with considerable influence.

A new poll published by MassINC Polling Group and Policy For Progress On Monday, Healey garnered 48% of the support of likely Democratic primary voters, with Chang-Díaz gaining 12% and Allen trailing at 3%.

But there is obviously a long way to September. Thirty percent of voters surveyed were still undecided.

Teresa H. Sadler