In MA Governor Race, Democrat Says He Was Crime Victim


With criminal justice issues dominating the race for governor, in Massachusetts, Democrat Deval Patrick detailed a violent assault from his youth, telling the Boston Herald he has tasted the violence Republican Kerry Healey accuses him of ignoring. Patrick said he had “experienced what the impact of violence can be,” recalling his boyhood on the south side of Chicago. “I understand that and my heart goes out to victims.” He spoke of one incident in which he was attacked because he refused to yield to pressure to join a gang. Patrick struck in the head by a soda can into which glass had been inserted, leaving him “a very bloody mess.”

Healey has attacked Patrick on his record as a prosecutor and former federal civil rights chief, hammering at his advocacy for convicted rapist Ben LaGuer, and launching a TV ad criticizing his defense of cop killer Carl Ray Songer. With recent polls suggesting the attacks are having an impact, Patrick is starting to fire back, accusing Healey of engaging in “gutter” politics that have only exploited the pain experienced by victims. “She has really taken an opportunity from an old case to open a whole lot of wounds that victims are feeling,” Patrick said. Healey spokesman Tim O'Brien said, “This is one of the weakest, soft-on-crime tickets in Massachusetts history, and the voters ought to know that Deval Patrick voluntarily tried to get a rapist out of jail and defended a cop killer.”


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