Coakley Challenges Baker On Tearful Fisherman Story

CBS Boston

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor Martha Coakley said Friday that Republican candidate Charlie Baker should answer “legitimate questions” about a story that nearly brought him to tears as he told it about a rueful fisherman.

During Tuesday’s debate, Baker recalled a meeting with a New Bedford fisherman who regretted pressuring his sons — both of whom were high school football players and had been offered college scholarships — to follow him into the life of a fisherman rather than go to college. Baker told the story in response to a question about the last time he cried.

Baker later acknowledged he met the man during his failed 2010 campaign for governor, and his campaign has since said the fisherman — who has not been located or identified — may not have been from New Bedford.

He insisted Friday that the story was true, though he acknowledged…

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