Stomping onto the dangerous turf of talk radio, gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley called out a WEEI radio host for an on-air tirade in which he lambasted FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews, cursing about her and telling her to “drop dead.”
The rant on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” Wednesday morning prompted Coakley to contact a reporter covering the story to weigh in and later prompted an apology from the radio personality.
“Everybody understands fair criticism,” Coakley told Boston.com. “But when it becomes personal, when it’s demeaning, and when it goes over the line as this did, that language is inexcusable, and it’s offensive. I just felt it was important for me to weigh in.”
A Coakley campaign spokesman confirmed the interview and sent a statement from the candidate reiterating her concerns to the Globe.
A Democrat who is leading the race for governor, Coakley is spending her week focused on female voters, launching a so-called Moms for Martha tour of towns across the state on Tuesday. Last week, her Women’s Leadership Council began touting her as the best candidate to advance women’s rights. And two weeks ago, after the Supreme Court shot down as unconstitutional the clinic buffer zone she had defended, Coakley called for legislation preventing harassment outside abortion clinics.
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