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Coakley hires union official as campaign manager

Attorney General Martha Coakley has hired Tim Foley, political director of SEIU 1199, to manage her gubernatorial campaign, according to senior Democrats.

Foley, a frequent State House presence, hails from beyond the immediate Coakley orbit, an outside voice as Coakley looks to shuffle her roster of advisers. Foley brings a political organizing résumé to the Coakley coterie, which critics derided after her 2010 Senate loss for paying insufficient attention to the state’s Democratic grassroots.

A Duxbury native and Watertown resident, Foley has worked for the state AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education, a policy advocacy group.

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