- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley, who lost her race for governor in deep-blue Massachusetts to Republican Charlie Baker this week, told women in her concession speech Wednesday that if they get knocked down, they need to get right back up again.

“For every woman who didn’t get the job she wanted, or didn’t get the promotion, or who ran a race and lost, I say, go right back at it!” Ms. Coakley said. “Throw your hat back in the ring!”

In 2010, Ms. Coakley famously lost a special election to former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to vacate the seat vacated by the late liberal lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy — a shocking defeat that temporarily complicated Democrats’ hopes of passing a health care law.

Mr. Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, also lost on Tuesday in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.

Ms. Coakley also spoke of being in the first class of women at Williams College and choked up a bit when talking about how her mother didn’t have a chance to go to college, according to the Boston Globe.

“Life goes on,” she said. “After this, we come together and make sure we have a governing democracy, and we continue to fight about the issues we care about.”

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