SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – State Attorney General, and recent Governor hopeful, Martha Coakley, made several stops in Western Mass. Tuesday as part of her Barnstorming campaign.
Coakley started the day in the eastern half of the state, before making her way to Western Mass.
Tuesday’s stops included one at the Red Rose Pizzeria in Springfield.
Coakley made a point of saying hello to each customer.
“I’m really anxious to get started. We’ve had a great run so far, and I’m going to work really hard to convince everybody since 2010 that I should be the next governor,” says Coakley.
Coakley is trying to take the lessons learned from her devastating defeat in 2010 to Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate race to winning the state’s top job next year.
She was perceived by many at that time to not work hard enough to connect with everyday voters.
“I acknowledge that I made some mistakes in that race. My biggest regret was that there was a perception that I didn’t work hard. I’m going to change that perception,” says Coakley.
Coakley says she will crisscross the state during the campaign and listen to what’s on the minds of voters.
Among her priorities,”Getting this economy turned around for everybody, not just for some, and as I just spoke with a teacher here today about the need to modernize our educational system,” says Coakley.
The stop in Springfield was part of a statewide tour that includes 18 different communities over a three-day period.
From the Red Rose, Coakley traveled to Pittsfield to make appearances in Dottie’s Coffee Lounge and then at the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams.
Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat announced her candidacy for the 2014 Governor race.
Besides Martha Coakley, the candidates in the democratic Primary include State Treasurer Steve Grossman, former Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, National Security expert Juliette Kayyem, and Biotech executive Joseph Avellone.