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Grossman waited 2 years before repaying state for travel costs

State Treasurer Steve Grossman has sharply criticized Attorney General Martha Coakley, his rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, for belatedly repaying the state for gas and mileage spent traveling to political events in her official vehicle.

The treasurer has even called for an official investigation into Coakley’s spending practices, arguing she “has violated the public’s trust” by waiting four years to repay taxpayers for her travel costs.

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But it turns out, Grossman has not been prompt in reimbursing the state for his own political travel.

His campaign acknowledged Thursday that he waited more than two years before repaying taxpayers for gas, mileage, and tolls spent traveling to political events in his state-issued Jeep.

“On August 22, 2013, the treasurer reimbursed the state $4,982.44, with a personal check, for the costs of travel not related to his official duties as treasurer from January 2011 – August 2013,” Chandra Allard, a Grossman campaign spokesman said in a statement.

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Kyle Sullivan, a Coakley spokesman, said: “Steve Grossman has intentionally misled the media and the public on this matter to score political points. In the end voters are looking for someone they can trust, and Treasurer Grossman has failed in that regard.”

Allard insisted Grossman was not adhering to a double standard because the treasurer repaid his bills on his own accord, while Coakley waited until the issue flared in the media before repaying the state $10,820.09 for her political travel dating to 2010.

Michael Levenson can be reached at mlevenson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.
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