Massachusetts Democrats are scrambling to help out their nominee for governor, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, as she faces a serious financial disadvantage in a close race against Republican nominee Charlie Baker. Now, the state's 11 all-Democratic members of the House of Representatives are being asked to contribute $25,000 each from their own treasuries into the party's coordinated campaign fund.
Both of the state's U.S. senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, agreed to give an even greater $100,000 from their campaign accounts. However, three House members have not yet agreed to kick in $25,000: Bill Keating, who is in his own re-election fight; Stephen Lynch, who is low on money after he ran for Senate last year — and also has a local feud with Coakley; and finally, John Tierney, who lost his own primary for re-election in the wake of a long-running ethics scandal, and is not expected to give money for the party.
Coakley won a seriously competitive Democratic primary for governor, something that Baker did not have to deal with on the Republican side. Of course, Coakley has a history with suddenly close campaigns in Massachusetts — she was upset in the 2010 special election for the U.S. Senate by Republican Scott Brown.
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