Former Mass. AG candidate alleges wrongdoing

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 22, 2011, 11:42am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - James P. McKenna, a former Massachusetts attorney general candidate, is alleging that local election officials ignored thousands of write-in votes for him and his opponent in last year's Republican primary.

According to the Worchester Telegram & Gazette, McKenna has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

However, McKenna has no direct proof, only his own analysis of the Sept. 4, 2010 primary results, the newspaper reported.

McKenna was defeated Guy Carbone of Belmont 27,711 to 9,505.

He is only the second write-in candidate since the 1970s to qualify to run for a statewide office.

McKenna, a former prosecutor in Suffolk and Worcester counties, would go on to face incumbent Martha Coakley.

Coakley easily won a second term in a race against the political newcomer last November.

Her win came just months after she suffered a defeat to Scott Brown in the battle for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat.

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