A People’s Pledge has been signed in the race for attorney general, 42 days, 20 hours, and a few minutes after one candidate proposed it.
The clock had been ticking.
Democrat Maura Healey had unveiled a “clean elections clock” on her campaign website last week, tracking the time since she began pressuring rival Warren Tolman to sign on. Tolman released a statement late Friday afternoon saying he had signed the agreement, which is a means of discouraging outside spending on campaign advertising, including direct mail.
Such pledges have been popular since the so-called People’s Pledge negotiated by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 US Senate race. But the original pledge did not stop campaign mailers, which poured into mailboxes throughout that campaign season.
Tolman, who was an early proponent of clean elections, faced a tricky situation. With deep ties to unions, he has won the support of groups including the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the AFL-CIO, which his brother, Steven, leads. Those groups often support candidates with widespread mailers, which would be barred by this version of the pledge, though an organization could still mail to its own members.
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