Bourne Resident to Run for Attorney General

WESTPORT – Bourne resident and attorney James “Jay” McMahon has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

The long-time republican made the announcement at an event last week in Westport where passionately he questioned Healey’s record on a number of issues including immigration, the opiate crisis, civil liberties, and second amendment rights.

In her two and a half years in office Healey has built up a record that has made her popular among democrats but reviled with conservative circles.

In January, Healey joined Washington State in filing suit against the Trump administration to block the enforcement of the president’s proposed travel ban. She has worked hard to limit gun ownership, specifically assault weapons, and has drawn lawsuits from Christian churches for what they say are violations of their religious liberties.

“You will not have to sue me in order to exercise your constitutional rights. I will uphold those rights as written in the Constitutions, as my oath of office would require of me. Maura Healey will not do this; but I will,” McMahon told the crowd, later promising, “Your rights, and your guns, are safe with me!”

Of particular importance to McMahon, is Healey’s handling of the commonwealth’s drug epidemic, he lost his own son to opioid abuse.

McMahon was born and raised in Bourne, the son of local police officer, former democrat state representative, and Bourne selectman James McMahon Sr.

Healey, had long been considered as a potential opponent to republican Governor Charlie Baker, but has announced that she will forgo a run against the nation’s most popular governor and will instead fight for reelection.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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