Coakley didn’t campaign harder because she didn’t want to get cold

Martha Coakley really was a bit of an idiot. From Lloyd Grove:

First among equals was the senator’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, who phoned Coakley on the night of her primary victory Dec. 8 and offered to help in any way she could. Then Vicki Kennedy—an immensely popular figure who, by most accounts, would have won easily had she decided to run—cooled her heels for a crucial month before the Coakley campaign ultimately redeemed the offer. Baffled by the lack of follow-up, according to a family friend, she reached out again to Coakley, getting her on the phone and asking, “Is there anything I can do for you?” Coakley airily suggested that maybe she could hold a fundraiser. “Vicki was staggered,” this friend says….

The attorney general was “a candidate who apparently said she didn’t want to be cold,” she says tartly. “That was such a strange thing to say.” Townsend is referring to Coakley’s now-infamous remark last week defending her low-key, apparently passionless campaign, much of it spent behind closed doors meeting with interest groups and office-holders, and mocking Brown’s street-level, happy-warrior approach. A reporter from the Boston Globe asked if she was being too passive. “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?” Coakley bristled. “This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of [Salem mayor] Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet.”

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