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Tolman Receives Endorsements From 4 Former MA Attorney Generals

Monday, March 03, 2014


Candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General Warren Tolman received the endorsement of four former Massachusetts Attorneys General on Monday.

Former Attorneys General Francis Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger, Thomas Reilly, and James Shannon have offered their endorsement for Warren, citing his public policy expertise, progressive leadership experience, and vision to protect Massachusetts families against special interests.

“It’s an incredible honor to have the support of Frank Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger, Tom Reilly, and Jim Shannon,” said Tolman. “The four former Attorneys General have all demonstrated what it means to be a progressive leader and a tough advocate fighting for the Commonwealth. As Attorney General, I will continue their collective legacy, protecting Massachusetts families by standing up to special interests.”

Former Attorney General endorsements

“Being Massachusetts Attorney General is not just about being a lawyer or a prosecutor – it’s about being a leader,” said Bellotti (1975-1987), who is credited with modernizing and professionalizing the Attorney General’s office during his three terms. “Warren Tolman has the experience, the vision, and the passion that sets him apart as the leader Massachusetts needs as its next Attorney General.”

“I am proud to join this distinguished group of former Attorneys General in support of Warren Tolman for Attorney General,” said Harshbarger (1991-1999), who instituted tough gun safety regulations and secured $7.6 billion from Big Tobacco. “Not only is Warren a friend of longstanding, but he understands the critical professional role of the Attorney General as the leader of the People’s law firm, making decisions on the facts and the law, on clearly articulated policies, and on the merits, while also being the public interest advocate for and the protector of the poor, the powerless, the vulnerable, and those who without the Attorney General have no one. This kind of tough but smart leadership requires the ability to be proactive and creative and the willingness to take on challenges that affect the quality of people’s lives.”

“The Massachusetts Attorney General is a national leader capable of achieving real progress for our country against special interests,” said Reilly (1999-2007), who fought to bring pedophiles to justice and hold Big Dig contractors accountable. “Whether it was taking on Big Tobacco or running for governor as the first Clean Elections candidate, Warren Tolman has proven time and again that he’s a fighter willing to stand up for Massachusetts families. These are qualities that will make him a terrific Attorney General.”

“Warren has the tenacity and the principles to be an independent, progressive advocate who will confront entrenched interests,” said James Shannon (1987-1991), who targeted drug trafficking and strengthened enforcement of polluters during his term as Attorney General. “He’s not afraid to stick his neck out and take a stand.”


Related Slideshow: 9 Challenges Facing Worcester’s New City Manager

Now the Edward Augustus is serving as City Manager for Worcester, GoLocal reached out to the city's leaders to find out what they believe are the biggest challenges Augustus will face in his new role. 

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Keep Forward Momentum

Paul Giorgio, publisher of Pagio, Inc. and a GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™:

“Priority One: Keep up the momentum.

Two: Work with the mayor on creating a task force for the north end of Main Street.

Three: Insure that we keep our school renovation plan on track.”

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Economic Development

Councilor Anthony Economou:

“Economic development is huge. We have a lot going on, and we have to keep the momentum up,” Economou said. “Make sure we don't miss a beat. You don't want to lose a period of nine months and not have forward progress.”

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Financial Management

Roberta Schaefer, former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau:

Schaefer said continuing the sound financial management of former City Manager Michael O'Brien was the greatest task for Augustus. But in addition to financial questions, she called for Augustus to “follow the lead of Michael O'Brien, to make sure he represents all the interests of the city, as the CEO of the city.

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Business Climate

Tim Murray, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce:

In addition to budgeting and economic development, Murray pointed to fostering the business climate in the city. “Try to make Worcester as business-friendly a place as possible,” he said. Whether through permitting, customer service, or other incentive, “whatever we can do to make the city a supportive (place for business).”

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Budget Concerns

Christopher Pinto, member of the Worcester Republican City Committee:

“Can he really do pension reform? Can he spare the taxpayers from more abusive taxes?” asked Pinto, who wonders what Augustus will do about the Responsible Employer Ordinance and how the new city manager will make appointments to boards and commissions.

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Capital Improvements

Councilor Frederick Rushton:

Rushton said the number one challenge Augustus will face is following through toward new buildings and/or renovations to area high schools in need of capital improvements.

"Second," he said, “is completing CitySquare.”

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Public Safety

Councilor Sarai Rivera:

Rivera points to economic development, neighborhood development, and continuing to support public safety and public service, as well as “working with private and labor to support the (Responsible Employer Ordinance) and look into an apprentice program.”

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Neighborhood Development

Councilor George Russell:

“It's not necessarily 'A, B, and C,' it's more what you want to see overall,” Russell said. “For me, it's more neighborhood orientation.”

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Collective Bargaining

Councilor Anthony Economou:

Economou also cited the upcoming task of collective bargaining with union city workers. “One of the challenges will be the contracts,” Economou said. “I imagine it's on his radar, to get those discussions going.”


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