Attorney General Maura Healey’s controversial assault weapons crackdown has become yet another political land mine threatening the Bay State’s already shaken Democratic Party as it seeks to mount a serious 2018 challenger against Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.You will recall that last December, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring had a major blunder when he summarily ended reciprocity/recognition agreements with 25 states. That move was so unpopular that when the General Assembly convened Governor McAuliffe read the tea leaves and saw he would be overridden if he vetoed bipartisan bills that were winding their way through both houses of the legislature. McAuliffe decided to throw Herring under the bus and worked out a deal that allowed him to tell gun ban groups he got something in return (they did not really buy his spin). Maybe Healy should have paid more attention to what happened in Virginia.
In deeply blue Massachusetts, the Democratic Party is turning into its own worst enemy.
“There are a lot of Democrats who aren’t happy with her decision, but they don’t want to come out against one of the party leaders,” said state Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), one of 58 lawmakers who signed onto a letter opposing Healey’s ban.
Hat tip to Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned.