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Andrea Campbell, Jay McMahon find short agreement in brief debate


The candidates aiming to replace outgoing Attorney General Maura Healey managed to — briefly — find agreement this week, when the pair met for their only scheduled televised debate ahead of November’s general election.

“I’ve seen it first hand. No parent should have to bury their child who has died from drugs. We can end opiate addiction in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is the medical capital of the world. We have the know-how, we just don’t have the will,” Republican candidate for attorney general Jay McMahon said.

The Cape Cod Attorney’s son died as a result of his addiction to opiates, McMahon said Thursday in a pre-taped debate aired this weekend. The opioid crisis is one of the reasons that he chose to run, he said.

“Every family in the commonwealth has been touched by this opioid scourge, and we have to do something about it other than just watching them die on Mass and Cass” he said.

Former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell’s concurrence was quick and complete, though her answer to the problem was radically different from the privatized rehabilitation networks proposed by McMahon.

“I absolutely agree — no family, no parent should bury their loved one from an overdose,” she said. “An AG can step up and take a statewide response and approach.”

Beyond that brief accord, the two spent the 30 minute meeting, hosted by CBS and moderated by WBZ’s Jon Keller, rehashing the politics of the national moment, speaking of abortion and mask or vaccine mandates before turning to crime and addiction.

Campbell said McMahon would be a thorn in the side of women seeking reproductive care. He said he would simply enforce the already codified laws protecting a woman’s right to choose.

McMahon said Campbell is an opponent of policing, that she has demonstrated past support for a group known by an expletive “XXX the Police”

According to his campaign, he was referencing a tweet Campbell sent in June of 2020, when a group called FTPBoston was scheduled to meet with former Mayor Marty Walsh.

“Grateful for your organizing @FTPBoston and looking forward to the discussion,” Campbell tweeted at the time.

Campbell says McMahon’s team is overlooking her history of working with the police in Boston.

“As a Boston City Councilor and Chair of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee, Andrea worked across the aisle with Governor Baker to secure funding for community policing in Boston. As Attorney General, Andrea will make sure our public safety agencies have the resources they need to keep people safe while ensuring they remain transparent and accountable to the public,” a campaign spokesperson told the Herald.

(090622 Boston, MA): Candidate for Attorney General, Andrea Campbell votes on Primary Day at the Lower Mills Library voting place on Tuesday,September 6, 2022 in Mattapan, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(090622 Boston, MA): Candidate for Attorney General, Andrea Campbell votes on Primary Day at the Lower Mills Library voting place on Tuesday,September 6, 2022 in Mattapan, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)



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