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January 8, 2013

Murray says Grossman's plans won't affect him

BOSTON - Treasurer Steven Grossman has adjusted his thinking on a potential 2014 gubernatorial bid to say he is “leaning strongly in that direction,” and potential primary rival Lt. Gov. Tim Murray says Grossman’s plans won’t affect his own.

“I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’m leaning strongly in that direction, meaning strongly in the direction of running for governor,” Grossman said on WCVB Channel 5’s “On the Record,” which aired Sunday morning.

Murray said in September that he was thinking about running for governor and in November told an audience gathered at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, “Like many of you in the room, I would like to be governor. I think it’s okay to say that out loud.”

On Monday, Murray said he didn’t see Grossman’s interview, but is proud of his own accomplishments over the past six years, a stretch of time where Murray has been a loyal supporter of Gov. Deval Patrick.

“Who runs or who doesn’t isn’t going to affect my decision. The people deserve a robust campaign so I’m not going to make any decisions based on what other people may or may not do,” Murray said.

While he has yet to announce or decide on whether he will run for governor or for re-election as treasurer, Grossman gave a preview yesterday of how he would run.

“I’m an optimist, and whatever campaign I run for any office, it’s going to be an optimistic campaign,” Grossman told the News Service. “Some people wring their hands about the future, and they want to talk about how bad things are, and how difficult things are, and how difficult things could get or are going to get. I’m not a person who wrings my hands. I’m more likely to be clapping my hands.”

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