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Ex-DNC Chief Quits Mass. Gov. Race

July 13, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ Steve Grossman, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, bowed out of the Democratic race for governor Friday, narrowing the field to four.

Grossman, who spent more than $4 million on his campaign, said he made the decision after looking at new poll numbers that showed his candidacy stalled in the single digits.

``While we had improved in the polls, we hadn’t improved enough,″ he said.

Grossman said he had no plans to endorse any of the remaining Democrats vying for the party’s nomination: State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien, former labor secretary Robert Reich, former state Sen. Warren Tolman and Senate President Thomas Birmingham.

Mitt Romney, the former Salt Lake City Olympics chief, is the Republican party’s candidate. Acting Gov. Jane Swift, a Republican, dropped out of the race in March.

Grossman, 56, had had poor showings in statewide polls despite the support of former President Clinton, who stumped for him even though Reich, Clinton’s former labor secretary, was also vying for the nomination. As a party fund-raiser, Grossman had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton’s campaign.

Grossman served as Democratic National Committee chairman from 1997 to 1999 and headed the state Democratic Party in 1991 and 1992. He is president of MassEnvelopePlus, a family-owned printing company.

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