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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

On DCF, it’s Martha Coakley vs. Martha Coakley

It’s hard to understand how Martha Coakley, gubernatorial candidate, can harshly criticize the state agency that oversees child protection, while Martha Coakley, attorney general, staunchly defends that same agency in court.

If Coakley believes what she is saying on the campaign trail about the troubled Department of Children and Families, she should have declined to defend the state of Massachusetts against a class-action suit brought by Children’s Rights. The New York-based watchdog group has charged the state with placing children in potentially dangerous situations and failing to monitor them. Instead, she should have advised Governor Deval Patrick to settle and fix what’s wrong. And now, she should refuse to represent the Patrick administration as it fights efforts by Children’s Rights to appeal a judgment in favor of the state.

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