Gun laws also up for debate by GOP AG rivals

The Republican candidates for attorney general clashed bitterly over their experience in a lively debate on Boston Herald Radio that showed sharp differences in the candidates’ backgrounds and priorities. “The last thing Massachusetts needs is another sue-happy attorney general,” said Dan Shores, a South Shore attorney who faced off against Cape Cod lawyer Jay McMahon in the debate on the “Battenfeld” show on Thursday. Shores, who admitted he has no specific law enforcement experience, criticized McMahon’s background, which includes decades as a trial lawyer. “Just because you have 30 years of small cases before our state courts does not qualify you as the next attorney general,” Shores said. “Open any Yellow Pages, you’re going to see a lawyer just like attorney McMahon with the same level of experience.” McMahon quickly fired back, attacking Shores for failing to try cases in the Massachusetts courts. “I’m listening to Dan Shores and he’s giving us a reason why he has no experience at all in the Massachusetts court system where the attorney general operates,” McMahon said. “It’s absolutely ludicrous to say he has three years as a patent lawyer and has not one case in the Massachusetts court system, and he is going to hire litigators, he’s going to counsel litigators on how to operate in a Massachusetts court and he’s never been in one.” The exchange was the harshest yet of the campaign, and came as both candidates are struggling for name recognition and attention in the primary battle to face […]

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