Wednesday night, Don Berwick was a man with nothing to lose.
Trailing in the polls and with little time before Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, the former Medicare and Medicaid chief sharply criticized opponents Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman as stale agents of the status quo. The attack came at a high-stakes televised debate before potentially one of the largest audiences of the race.
“If you want independence in the governor’s office,” said Berwick at the Boston Media Consortium forum, “then choose someone who owes no one any favors. My opponents are both professional politicians, and they have a long history of connection to the very structures of influence that are troubling our Commonwealth.”
Coakley, the attorney general, and Grossman, the treasurer, calmly parried the attacks.
Coakley portrayed herself as a defender of working people who will seek economic opportunity for residents from all walks of life. Grossman pitched himself as an experienced job creator who can help the state’s economy blossom.
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