GOP’s McMahon Challenges Healey to Three Debates
By Michael P. Norton
State House News Service
BOSTON -- Republican nominee for attorney general Jay McMahon on Wednesday challenged Attorney General Maura Healey to three debates, including one this month, terms that the incumbent did not immediately accept or reject.
Healey “looks forward to debating,” campaign adviser David Guarino said in a statement that did not delve any further into debate details.
“The Attorney General is thrilled to have earned the Democratic nomination for re-election and looks forward to showcasing her record of standing up for the people, economy and values of Massachusetts over the last four years,” Guarino said.
McMahon, a Bourne attorney with corporate, law enforcement and military experience, easily defeated Hingham attorney Dan Shores in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
Healey was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
McMahon on Wednesday accused Healey of exhibiting a “campaign mentality” in her approach to the job and says he was “amazed” that she refused to debate the GOP primary winner when asked about it during an appearance on WGBH on Aug. 23. On that program, Healey told a caller - “Mike from Fall River” - that she was focused on the Sept. 4 primaries and said she would make her views clear during the campaign. Pressed by the caller, she added that she would “welcome any conversation or debate” but also needed to see the results of the Republican primary for attorney general.
“The time is now for the AG to step up to the plate!” McMahon said in a statement Wednesday. “It’s unclear of what she may be afraid, but obviously there’s something the Bay State’s political activist in chief is hiding from voters.”