BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey join WBZ NewsRadio's NightSide with Dan Rae Monday night to discuss her campaign for governor and give her opinions on many hotbed issues—like rising childcare costs and the search for missing seven-year-old Harmony Montgomery.
Healey has quickly emerged as a front runner in the race to replace Gov. Charlie Baker since she announced her bid for the Commonwealth's executive office back on Jan. 20. A recent poll by the MassInc Polling Group showed that 48 percent of respondents said they would vote for Healey in the Democratic primary for governor when compared to those who had already announced their campaigns.
The state attorney general has also secured a massive campaign war chest, with over $3.6 million cash on hand as of the end of January. She's facing off against State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz. Chang-Diaz and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen in the Democratic Primary.
In her appearance on NightSide, Healey touched on many of the issues central to her campaign, such as lowering the cost of housing and childcare and providing more support for those struggling with their mental health or substance use disorder.
"We need to find a way to make childcare more affordable for more families, it is just too expensive," Healey said. "We are at the lowest point in women's participation in the workforce since Ronald Reagan was president. We've also seen a number of childcare centers close throughout COVID. We've got to do a better job on wages and a better job on building out and supporting this infrastructure."
Healey also weighed on a topic on the mind of many New Englanders, the disappearance of seven-year-old Harmony Montgomery. She said the whole situation shows that the system failed Montgomery.
"We need to find out what happened and how we could have better-protected Harmony, and what we can do now going forward to protect other children," Healey said. "I am very glad that the office of the child advocate is investigating, that our Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a review [of the case], and I will await those findings and determinations."
Former WBZ TV Sportscaster Bob Lobell called into NightSide to ask Healey about an important question on the minds of many in Massachusetts—does the attorney general think Tom Brady is going to retire?
"I don't want him to retire," Healey said. "I like many New Englanders will keep my fingers crossed that we see Brady out there next year."