Grossman considering 2014 run for governor

Treasurer Steven Grossman ran for governor in 2002.
Treasurer Steven Grossman ran for governor in 2002.

After Tuesday’s national election, Treasurer Steven Grossman will start thinking and talking about 2014, and whether he should make a run for governor.

“Over the next couple months I’m going to sit down with my family and I’m going to figure out with them how I can best help the people of the Commonwealth going forward,” Grossman said in an interview. He said to interpret that as “Steve’s going to take a hard look at running for governor in 2014 — that would be an entirely accurate statement.”

Grossman is not alone among Massachusetts Democrats who have publicly acknowledged thinking about a run for the Corner Office in two years. During the Democratic National Convention, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray told reporters, “Obviously it’s something that I’m going to consider and look at seriously.”


Governor Deval Patrick has said that he will not run for reelection in 2014 and that after leaving the governorship he will enter the private sector.

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Grossman ran for governor in 2002, entering a primary field of five candidates before dropping out over the summer and endorsing Treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

O’Brien went on to lose to Mitt Romney.

Grossman stepped into the 2010 race for treasurer just as Treasurer Timothy Cahill was deciding to challenge Patrick as an independent candidate for governor.

Grossman won the primary by an 18 percent margin over Stephen Murphy, a Boston city councilor, and then bested the Republican opponent, Karyn Polito, a former state representative, by 9 percentage points.


Grossman said he has not had conversations with other politicians about the prospect of making a run, setting aside those considerations until after Nov. 6.

Up until then, Grossman said, he is concentrating on steering the treasury and on helping elect Democrats, such as Elizabeth Warren, whom he has phone-banked for in his hometown of Newton, and President Obama.

Other names have come up as possible contenders on both the Republican and the Democratic side, including Charlie Baker, the Republican who challenged Patrick in 2010.