Martha Coakley, candidate for the Massachusetts senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy, showed once again how out of touch she was with New England on Sunday. She called Curt Schilling a Yankee. As in the Curt Schilling who pitched for two Boston Red Sox World Series teams. As in New York Yankee, hated rivals of the Red Sox.
Apparently Coakley meant it as a “joke”. She said that she tried to deadpan a joke about how Schilling was a Yankee. Funny, right? Curt hardly found this funny, saying on his sports blog, “But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could.” Harsh words. Martha’s I mean. She alienated one of her state’s biggest sports heroes and her only response was that she meant it as a joke.
Coakley’s election is tomorrow and she has had to call in the big guns to cover up her many blunders on this campaign. Obama himself made the trip to New England to give a speech on her behalf. The only question is will it be enough.
Other missteps of late include spelling Massachusetts, “Massachusettes”. This of course was most likely not her doing (someone in her campaign edited the commercial); however, it was another drop in the bucket. She has also come out on record as saying that Catholics might not be fit to work in hospitals if they are not willing to provide patients with “morning after” pills. She has alienated the two biggest communities of Massachusetts in the Catholics and the Sox.
I’m not going to weigh in on her politics, but what does it say that this woman doesn’t know who Curt is? As a sports fan who wants my representative to know what is important to me, I will have to think long and hard before making a decision on this one.
For more info, check out her campaign site (below), or visit a potentially less biased wikipedia page.