The Republican Editorial Board Endorsement | October 27, 2018
When Maura Healey is described as an aggressive attorney general and a consumer protection activist, she doesn’t flinch from the labels, she embraces them.
Her political opponents say Healey has taken the AG office too far to the political left, but Healey has a strong track record of seeing her actions stand up to court tests. She has also been a voice for constituents who need one, and with the November 6 election looming, she has earned another term as Massachusetts attorney general.
Healey has pursued gun regulations that do not take weapons from lawful owners, but bring a sense of reason to their distribution. She pledges to hold energy companies such as Columbia Gas accountable for their actions and and operations, and Massachusetts needs an attorney general ready to engage at this important moment of our energy future.
The attorney general has a national reputation, one that inspires some citizens but irritates others. Often joined by fellow AGs from other states, she has relentlessly challenged Trump Administration policies she feels either ignore the law or abuse the rights of Massachusetts citizens.
The incumbent has also trained her office to watch for consumer fraud, scamming and identification theft that expose Massachusetts residents to serious problems.
While Republican Governor Charlie Baker has endorsed a GOP ticket that includes Healey’s opponent, the Democratic AG says she will continue to work in concert with the office of the governor on protection and other issues, as she has to this point – regardless of which party controls the chief executive’s office after the election.
The attorney general’s office has been involved with the ongoing Massachusetts State Police investigation. This cleanup become primarily the job of the executive branch and the department itself, but the AG promises to do whatever is needed to ensure violators are brought to justice – and says laws exist to make sure guilty parties do not walk away, enjoying benefits from ill-gotten means.
Healey’s office is governed by law and not by popular opinion, but surveys consistently indicates that most Massachusetts citizens relate to what she believes is the public good and how to best ensure it.
There might be times an attorney general can afford to play a more passive role in government, but we are not living in these times. We need watchdogs, not lapdogs.
Maura Healey has done nothing to interfere with the rights of law-abiding citizens, but she has been a pain to those who attempt to circumvent the law or who try to take advantage of disenfranchised residents who might otherwise not have a voice in government, advocating on their behalf. She deserves another four-year term to stay on the job.
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