Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat seen as a rising star in the party, on Thursday formally endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
In an email to supporters Healey, who took office in January, said she’s backing the former US secretary of state and Democratic frontrunner.
“Today, I’m proud to announce to you, my friends and supporters, that I’ll be working hard this year and next to help elect Hillary and I hope you’ll join me,” Healey wrote.
“Hillary Clinton shares my vision for what America can be, she shares our values as Democrats and she’s the right leader at the right time. We’ve come too far for equality, for human rights, for economic justice to go backward,” Healey wrote in the morning email.
The Charlestown Democrat asked if supporters would commit to joining her on Aug. 29, when she’ll be kicking off a canvas for Clinton in Exeter, N.H., not far from Hampton Falls, N.H., where she grew up.
The 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary is expected to be held early next year. Massachusetts will hold its presidential primary March 1.
The Massachusetts Republican Party knocked the endorsement, referencing the growing controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
“It is deeply troubling that the state’s top prosecutor would choose now to endorse Hillary Clinton despite the ongoing FBI investigation into her potentially criminal mishandling of classified materials,” said state GOP Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes in a news release. “The fact that Healey’s endorsement comes only a day after Clinton’s campaign admitted that she used a secret server to handle classified data is evidence of Maura Healy’s poor judgment and complete disregard for the legal process she is charged with enforcing.”
In the Democratic primary for attorney general last year Healey won an upset victory by a wide margin against a candidate with more establishment ties. She then easily beat her GOP challenger in the general election.
Healey, who served under former attorney general Martha Coakley before succeeding her, is seen as both politically talented and savvy — and a potential candidate for Massachusetts governor down the line.
But she’s ruled out running in 2018, when Governor Charlie Baker, a popular Republican, is expected for run for re-election.