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Donald Berwick predicts summer ‘surge’

In an interview on WGBH-FM, Donald Berwick emphasized that his positions separated him from his party rivals.


In an interview on WGBH-FM, Donald Berwick emphasized that his positions separated him from his party rivals.

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Donald M. Berwick, languishing in the polls, today said his “bold” ideas would outshine his “timid” Democratic opponents, and predicted a summer “surge” in the run-up to the Sept. 9 state primary election.

In an interview on WGBH-FM, Berwick emphasized that his positions — opposition to casino gambling in the state, support for single-payer health care, and working to end homelessness and hunger in the state — separated him from his party rivals.

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“My opponents, by comparison, are somewhat timid,” he said in the radio interview.

Berwick, who faces Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman, trails both candidates by a substantial margin, public polls have found. In the most recent Boston Globe poll, Berwick received 5 percent support from likely Democratic primary voters, while Grossman pulled 17 percent and Coakley took 53 percent.

But Berwick said he could feel his grassroots support continuing to grow.

“We can feel the momentum around the Commonwealth. We feel very good about this summer and I think you’re going to see us really surge,” he said.

Asked about a potential matchup with Republican candidate Charlie Baker, Berwick said the 2010 GOP nominee doesn’t scare him. Berwick called him an “insurance executive tied to a party that is really quite regressive in its platform.”

Baker is a former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He faces a Republican primary challenge from businessman Mark R. Fisher. Also running for governor are three independent candidates.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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