Better late than never. Tim Cahill finally pulled his taxpayer-funded state lottery ads last night after Marsha Coakley hauled Lottery officials into her office and then called on him to do so. It must have killed her. After all, a vote for the rat fink equals a vote for her pal, Deval.
Treasurer Tim Cahill agreed last night to stop running taxpayer-funded Lottery ads, hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley called on the embattled candidate to do so, after the release of explosive e-mails and texts that appear to show Cahill’s campaign staff working with the state agency to boost his sagging gubernatorial bid.
Late yesterday, Coakley told Cahill’s office she wanted the ads to come down until after the election.
“(To) avoid even the appearance of impropriety, we have informed the Lottery that we believe they should take the advertising down or postpone the ads until after the election,’’ press secretary Melissa Karpinsky said.
A source told the Herald the attorney general yesterday pulled in two top Lottery officials, the director of marketing and the legal counsel, and urged them to pull down the ads.
Earlier in the day, GOP attorney general candidate Jim McKenna had urged Coakley, a Democrat, to go to court to halt the Lottery ads, noting the apparent coordination between Cahill’s campaign and Lottery staff.
The messages came out Wednesday in a high-stakes lawsuit that Cahill filed against former campaign aides he accuses of sabotaging his long-shot bid.
Cahill consultant Dane Strother sent a text to campaign manager Adam Meldrum on July 27 telling him: “Yes on lottery ads and he has plenty of money.”
An e-mail from Strother to Meldrum later that day outlines agenda items topped by “Get the Lottery immediately cutting a spot and get it up … Needs to focus on the lottery being the best in the country and above reproach.”
The same e-mail also asks how much is in the treasurer’s abandoned property publicity account.
Don’t get too excited about Marsha’s alleged investigation unless the feds take over. We all know how her last email-gate investigation ended.