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Coakley Reportedly May Take Fellowship at Harvard

Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick '78, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and newly-elected Treasurer Steve Grossman were among the Democrats celebrating victories at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel following elections on Tuesday.
Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick '78, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and newly-elected Treasurer Steve Grossman were among the Democrats celebrating victories at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel following elections on Tuesday.
By Samuel E. Liu, Crimson Staff Writer

UPDATED: January 13, 2015, at 10:54 p.m.

Outgoing Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose electoral career was suspended by her loss to Republican Charlie D. Baker ’79 in last fall’s gubernatorial election, may take a short-term fellowship at Harvard, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

On Dec. 22, Coakley, a Democrat, filed a disclosure with the State Ethics Commission, in which she said she was under consideration for a “short-term fellowship position” at an unspecified university in Massachusetts.

“I would assume the new position after I leave office,” she wrote in the disclosure.

The Globe, citing anonymous “people familiar with the plan” as sources, reported Monday that the school was Harvard.

Spokespeople from Coakley’s press office and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government declined to confirm that Harvard is considering hiring Coakley as a fellow. University spokesperson Jeff Neal also declined to comment on the matter.

Coakley has served two terms as the state attorney general since her 2006 election. In 2010, after losing to Republican Scott Brown in a race for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Coakley handily won reelection as attorney general.

Deval L. Patrick ’78, who preceded Baker as governor, will be joining MIT as a visiting fellow this spring.

—Staff writer Samuel E. Liu can be reached at samuelliu@college.harvard.edu. Follow him on Twitter @samuelliu96.

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