AG Hopefuls Square Off in Virtual, ‘Visions for the Commonwealth,’ Debate

Originally published June 2, 2022 (here)

By Dan Murphy

Beacon Hill Times

The three candidates now vying to succeed Maura Healey as the state’s attorney general squared off during a virtual debate sponsored jointly by Boston Ward 5 Democrats and Boston Ward 4 Democrats on Monday, May 23.

On hand for “Visions for the Commonwealth: Attorney General Debate” were Andrea Campbell, an attorney and former District 4 City Councilor from 2016 until 2022 and its president from January of 2018 until January of 2020 , as well as an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Boston in 2021; Shannon Liss-Riordan, a labor attorney who was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2020 election, but withdrew before the primary; and Quentin Palfrey, who once led the health care division in the Attorney General’ Office and served as general counsel in the U.S. Commerce Department under President Biden, and who lost in the 2018 lieutenant governor’s race to incumbent Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

Liss-Riordan said she has spent the last 20 years acting as a “private attorney general” and has “made headlines taking on some of the largest corporations in the country,” like FedEx, Starbucks, and Uber.

“I’m the only practicing lawyer in the race.  I’ve won jury trials and won appeals…and helped shape laws to serve the people,” said Liss-Riordan, who added that she has also received the endorsement from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, which represents around 500,000 people across the state.

Liss-Riordan said she has “spent 23 years not just as a practicing lawyer, but as one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country.”

Her top priorities as attorney general would include protecting consumers’ rights and the environment, as well as her commitment to race issues, according to Liss-Riordan.