Two Jewish hopefuls knocked out in Massachusetts gubernatorial primary

By JTA
September 12, 2014 00:33

Two Jewish candidates met defeat in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor this week.

Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney-general, defeated Steve Grossman, the state treasurer, and Don Berwick, a former administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on Tuesday.

Coakley, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2010, garnered 42 percent of the vote to Grossman’s 36% and Berwick’s 21%, The Boston Globe reported.

Grossman is a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He also ran for governor in 2002, but withdrew when it became clear he would not win.

Dan Wolf, an airline executive and state senator who is also Jewish, withdrew earlier from the primary.

Evan Falchuk, a healthcare executive, is running an independent campaign and remains in the race.

Charlie Baker, a healthcare executive and a former cabinet member in Republican state administrations, handily defeated a Tea Party challenger in winning the Republican nod.

Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is not running for reelection.


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