300 hear Healey's postelection message of support in Arlington

UPDATED, Dec. 7: An estimated 300 people, many of them supporters of Hillary Clinton who were seeking support, got it from Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday, Dec,. 6, at First Parish in Arlington.

Tickets to join the stand-room-only crowd ran out three days earlier, so organizers arranged to have Healey's appearance on Facebook Live

The Boston Globe headline on Dec. 7, "Healey tries to buck up disappointed Democrats," summed up the evening.

The report quotes Jenny Magdison of Arlington saying, "I have lost count of how many times I say myself during the day, 'I can’t believe this is happening, I can’t believe he won'."

Various media outlets were present, including MassLive.com, whose story focused on the president-elect's business interests. "In my view, he should not be allowed to take office until he addresses in an adequate way the conflict of interest issue," MassLive quoted Healey. "We're elected officials. We have to play by all sorts of rules. I don't think anyone in this country is above the law."

The website reported Healey was asked twice by liberal-leaning activists whether she would support a Change.org petition encouraging Electoral College electors to vote their conscience and not vote for Trump, due to the conflicts of interest and other disagreements with Trump.

Healey declined to give her position on what electors should do, it reported.

 Reported earlier: Since the presidential election, many in Arlington who worked on Hillary Clinton's campaign have been worried and anxious, a statement from Arlington4Hillary supporters says.

"A lot of us are ready for action. Either way, we know so much is at stake as President-elect Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan take charge," they write. "We know we need to find a way forward to build on and protect the progress we’ve made in our state and nation. And we need to do it together."

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she will give voice to many of these concerns, "particularly as over-the-line appointments have been announced by the new Republican leadership," the statement says.

Healey plans to speak at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, to help answer the questions about "what we can do and how we can take action together. She has said that when the federal government overreaches, she will be our first line of defense against illegal actions and unconstitutional campaign promises,." the statement says.

The statement was provided by Lynn Bishop, Heather Fowles, Lisa Pedulla and Hannah Simon, of Arlington4Hillary.

"There has been an overwhelming response to this event," Hannah Simon wrote Dec. 5 on the Arlington email list. "But you can watch it on Facebook Live. Here is the information (from an email I received from Maura Healey’s Committee:

"'We’re hosting a town hall meeting in Arlington with local organizers to come together with the goals of building on and protecting our progress.

"'We’ll be broadcasting it on Facebook Live and answering questions you send us on Twitter (@Maura_Healey) so join the conversation, join in our action.” 


This announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, and updated Dec. 7.