AG Healey talks Trump, sexual harassment, at UMass

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks Monday during a town hall meeting at the University of Massachusetts Student Union. Gazette Photo/Jerrey Roberts

For The Recorder
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AMHERST — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey mixed highlighting the bread-and-butter activities of her office as well as its successful tussles with the Trump administration, in an appearance Monday at the University of Massachusetts.

Healey noted her office’s work fighting against predatory student and car loan practices, as well as wage theft, highlighting the money her office has returned to constituents.

“If you’ve been the victim of wage theft, you contact our office,” she said.

She also noted her office’s lawsuits against Trump administration actions it had judged to be illegal, such as the executive orders restricting immigration from some Muslim-majority countries that opponents have characterized as travel bans.

“It’s about Massachusetts interests,” she said.

Healey also encouraged those present to get involved in local politics. “Democracy is local,” she said.

Following Healey’s remarks she took a number of questions from the audience. Some of the issues she addressed were her office’s interpretation of Massachusetts’ 1998 ban on assault weapons, the state drug lab scandal, and how people can best stand up to the Trump administration.

She also said her office had sued the offices of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about the same number of times.

“Both are terrible,” she said. “On so many fronts.”

Kathleen Hooker-Drummond asked Healey what others could do to address issues of sexual harassment. Hooker-Drummond was part of the sexual harassment case against the Route 9 Diner that Healey’s office took up and successfully prosecuted.

“It is so great to meet you,” said Healey, noting that she doesn’t get to meet everyone whose cases her office takes up.

Healey encouraged people to come forward with issues of sexual harassment, and asked the audience to give Hooker-Drummond a round of applause for doing so.

“Thank you for doing that,” she said.