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Phoenix Editorial: Vote Coakley

The Massachusetts race to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy has turned into a closer-than-expected battel between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown. Our sister paper, the Boston Phoenix, has an editorial today strongly backing Coakley. Here's the opening section:

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, they face a choice that is as clear as the difference between black and white.

The Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley, is a well-tested public servant who has won office both locally as the district attorney for the state's most populous county, Middlesex, and statewide as the commonwealth's top law-enforcement and consumer-protection official.

The Republican candidate, Scott Brown, a state senator, represents a suburban district outside of Boston and is known not for any original legislative thinking but for his well-pressed public persona.

And then there is independent candidate Joseph Kennedy (no relation to the senator), who has waged a traction-less campaign that underscores his political insignificance.

Coakley is a common-sense progressive focused on the host of issues posed by the ongoing economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenges of the future.

Brown is a know-nothing reactionary, a cookie-cutter conservative with the political imagination of a George W. Bush. He is committed to an array of positions that would return the nation to the dismal days of the Bush-Cheney years. He's wedded to a failed past and hides from the perils of the future.

The choice is clear. The Phoenix urges citizens to vote for Coakley. She is the best choice for Massachusetts and the smartest choice for the nation.

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