Democratic Stalwart Grossman Eyes Governor’s Job

March 15, 2014 11:29 AM
Democratic Stalwart Grossman Eyes Governor’s Job
" BOSTON (AP) — After decades as a largely behind-the-scenes Democratic power broker, Steven Grossman gained his first personal political victory in 2010 when he was elected Massachusetts treasurer. Four years later, the Newton resident is banking on liberal values, deep party ties and fundraising prowess to propel him into the governor’s office.

The onetime Democratic National Committee chairman is among five Democrats, two Republicans and three independents vying to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. Were the outcome to hinge largely on money, Grossman would be well positioned: Campaign finance records showed a balance of more than $1 million in his campaign account at the end of February, nearly twice that of any other candidate.

Yet Grossman, despite his high-profile party activism and term as state treasurer, seemingly has yet to emerge as a well-known commodity among the electorate. A Suffolk University poll of 600 likely voters taken Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 showed that more than a third of respondents remained unfamiliar with Grossman, and among Democratic hopefuls, he trailed well behind Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose visibility among voters was higher.

It’s a gap he feels confident he can overcome before the Sept. 9 primary "

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