Though the Gubernatorial race is two years away, much buzz has been generated on Capitol Hill regarding possible contenders. Treasurer Grossman lit the wick on Sunday when he told WCVB TV he was now "leaning strongly" toward running, an upgrade from giving it serious consideration. Grossman's latest characterization of his plans caused Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to say he didn't care what anybody else did, and would make his decision in due time.
Dr. Don Berwick paid a courtesy call to Murray in his office just to let him know he was also strongly considering running for governor.
Berwick, who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama for a time and has advised Patrick and lawmakers on health care reform, may not be well known to voters, but he still probably ranks higher on the recognition chart than the man who officially became the first gubernatorial candidate of 2014: former Wellesley selectman Dr. Joseph Avellone.
Also this week, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray has out-raised all other statewide officials in the past year, collecting nearly $450,000 in campaign donations. Despite the huge haul of cash, he says he and his family haven’t made any decision yet as to whether he’ll run for governor in 2014.
Governor Deval Patrick says he will not run for re-election and is putting his support behind Murray should he decide to run for governor in 2014.