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Coakley: MLK Jr. Had a Dream ... That I Would Be Elected Senator

Another self-inflicted wound.

10:28 AM, Jan 18, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Ben Smith reports:

Martha Coakley spoke to the Boston Martin Luther King Day Breakfast this morning, making the case to a subdued crowd of dignitaries at the Hynes convention center that voting for her tomorrow will help carry on King's legacy.

"I'm running for the United States Senate because Dr. King's work is unfinished, his dream is unrealized," she said.

"Tomorrow we act on the dream and we make sure that we allow me to continue that work," Coakley said. "We remember the dream tomorrow and we will act on the dream tomorrow."

How presumptuous is Coakley to declare that voting for her is "act[ing] on the dream" of Martin Luther King Jr.? Smith gets Scott Brown's reaction:

"I thought it was inappropriate when she started asking for people's votes when they're trying to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "I didn't know this was a rally for Martha."

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