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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Newton Democrats hit Healey on public safety

NEWTON

Using Newton, the safest city of its size in the country, as a backdrop, a group of local elected Democrats hit Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey on the issue of crime this afternoon while touting her gubernatorial race opponent, Deval Patrick.

Healey and Governor Mitt Romney, the speakers said at the 1 p.m. rally, have talked tough on crime even as cuts in state aid have resulted in smaller local police forces and rising crime rates.

"Kerry Healey is a criminologist; Deval Patrick was a prosecutor," said State Representative Peter Koutoujian, who represents Waltham and parts of north Newton. "Kerry Healey thought crime; Deval Patrick fought crime."

Joining Koutoujian were career prosecutor Gerry Leone, who is running for Middlesex County District Attorney against State Senator Jarrett Barrios of Cambridge, fellow state representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Kahn of Newton, and Mayor David Cohen.

A worker for the Healey campaign who attended the rally handed out a press release from her campaign manager, Tim O'Brien, who said Healey considers it "a badge of honor to be criticized on public safety issues by this all-star cast of criminal sympathizers."

Use this link to hear a brief audio clip of Mayor David Cohen at the rally.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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