The state Democratic Party has created a four-member panel, headed by former governor Michael S. Dukakis, that will review campaign advertisements and publicly rebuke candidates who use negative attacks.
Party chairman Philip W. Johnston created the panel and will serve on it, along with Dukakis and Cameron F. Kerry, brother of US Senator John F. Kerry; and Katherine M. Clark of Melrose, a former state Senate candidate who is chairing a statewide campaign effort for the Democratic Party.
Johnston, elected party chairman in 2000, said he believes that a major reason many Democratic nominees for governor have failed to win in general elections is the barrage of negative ads that fill the airways and are mailed to voters during primaries.
``I believe the party has a real responsibility to do what it can to minimize the political damage to our nominees during the primary," Johnston said.
``This initiative can act as a deterrent to candidates and make their media consultants think twice before they produce harshly negative commercials attacking their opponents."