WORCESTER, Mass. (SHNS) – According to an internal campaign document, Michael Sullivan, a former Cambridge city councilor and a candidate for Middlesex district attorney, is supporting Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial candidacy, former Cambridge Rep. Alice Wolf backs Steven Grossman and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is undecided in the race for governor.
Coakley has maintained a wide lead in primary polls, though party insiders at Saturday’s convention chose Grossman, and only 52 delegate votes elevated Coakley above Don Berwick, the third candidate to emerge from the convention with enough support to compete in the primary.
The Coakley campaign dossier, which was left behind by supporters who attended the Worcester convention, tells people to tout Coakley’s efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, her six-month lead in fundraising over other candidates, and the support she has received from the SEIU 1199, a massive union, as well as the backing she has from Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Senate President Therese Murray.
The whip book also reveals the Coakley campaign’s internal polling for Democratic delegates from Somerville, Medford and portions of Cambridge, which shows Coakley receiving healthy support, while indecision prevails among many elected Democrats about who the party should put forward as its candidate to lead the state.
The document is not the type that campaigns typically share with the news media, and the information within it might not have been as carefully vetted as the information that would be contained in a campaign announcement.
After the convention adjourned, campaign signs, banners and other political ephemera were strewn about the DCU Center, and a stack of Coakley campaign books was left behind where the Second Middlesex delegation sat.
The book details support not yet made public, and reflects the statewide dynamic of power brokers staying out of the fray.
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, who contemplated running for governor, Reps. David Rogers and Marjorie Decker, are all listed as undecided as is Christine Barber a candidate for state representative, Somerville Alderwoman Maryann Heuston and Leland Cheung, a Cambridge city councilor running for lieutenant governor.
Meanwhile Coakley has support from others prominent in local politics, including Middlesex South Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone, the mayor’s older sister, and Suzanne Bremer, who has run against the Somerville mayor. Harry Kortikere, who ran a longshot and unsuccessful primary challenge against Somerville Rep. Denise Provost, is also listed supporting Coakley as is Tom Champion, the mayor’s former spokesman, and Aldermen Robert McWatters and Mary Jo Rossetti.
Medford City Council President Paul Camuso is recorded as a Coakley supporter, and Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and Rep. Paul Donato have both endorsed Coakley, who lives in West Medford.
Provost and Sen. Patricia Jehlen have endorsed Berwick, a first-time candidate who has staked out the most liberal wing of the party, calling for a Medicare-for-all form of health insurance. Cambridge City Councilor Dennis Carlone is also a Berwick supporter, according to Coakley’s book.
Former Somerville Mayor Dot Kelly Gay and Helen Corrigan, a former longtime member of the Board of Aldermen, are backing Grossman, the state treasurer, according to the book. The Grossman campaign has not announced endorsements from either Gay or Corrigan.
At the convention where Joe Avellone and Juliette Kayyem failed to receive enough support to compete in the primary, Coakley downplayed the importance of gaining the support of insiders at the party confab and withdrew from a runoff, giving Grossman the party’s endorsement by acclamation.
During the caucuses, where delegates are elected by their neighbors to participate in the state convention, there was some discrepancy between campaigns about how many delegates Coakley received in her home Ward 6 in Medford. According to the Coakley campaign’s internal count listed in its book, Grossman and Coakley tied with four committed delegates each, while another delegate is listed as leaning toward Coakley. The ward’s chairman Christopher Daveta backed Grossman, and Berwick and Kayyem both received one delegate, as the three alternates broke for Coakley.
Congressman Michael Capuano, former Congressman Chester Atkins, former House Speaker Charles Flaherty and Cambridge Mayor David Maher, and Paul Toner, the outgoing president for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, are all in the book but without a listing about whom they support.
State Committee member Ann Conlon Roosevelt supports Coakley, according to the book, while her husband James Roosevelt, the grandson of the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is undecided.
Several prominent Bay State pols have remained out of the governor’s race. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told delegates loyal to him to vote their conscience and on Friday night Speaker Robert DeLeo declined to answer a question about who he would vote for at the Saturday convention.