A fascinating development in the as yet wide-open race for Governor in 2014: state Senator and Cape Air founder Dan Wolf, who has made noises about running for Governor, just sent out a statement that aggressively calls out Treasurer and nearly-certain gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman for comments Grossman made to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Here’s Wolf’s statement, just in via email:
Cape and Islands Senator Dan Wolf, saying “it’s time to have an honest conversation about investing in a healthy economy, healthy communities – and by the way, what it means to be a Democrat,” today called on state political leaders to focus on the real issue before us:
Finding the balance between a healthy economy and healthy communities, supporting a vibrant middle class that is threatened by the increasing disparity between those few at the top who have benefited most, and working families and people in need.
“As a successful entrepreneur who founded an airline nearly 30 years ago,” Wolf said, “as a business leader, and as a Democrat, I’m disappointed to hear Treasurer Steve Grossman pandering to elements in our business community who would undermine revenue reforms, rather than offering a true vision for rebuilding our communities, our working families, and our future.”
Wolf was responding to comments by Treasurer Grossman at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce forum a day earlier.
“Governor Patrick’s proposals may not be perfect, but let’s be clear about what they are,” said Wolf. “They allow us to invest in education, transportation, infrastructure, and our common goals. They do so without raising taxes on those who can least afford it. And they begin to address the way wealth has concentrated in fewer and fewer hands over the past 30 years, often at the expense of the middle class.
“What’s more, for Treasurer Grossman to allow the conversation to turn once again to the few people on public assistance who may be abusing EBT cards is nothing more than blaming the victims, blaming the most vulnerable, and turning us away from the real issues we face. It has absolutely nothing to do with how our communities have been undermined over the past 30 years, nothing to do with helping so many people who, through no fault of their own, have become the working poor.
“This country has two political parties,” Wolf continued. “One party aspires to represent working people, people in need, and a government that stands up for their interests. That is the Democratic Party, and that’s my party. We need to stand for our values, get that message out, and win the battle for our future.”
Seems clear that Wolf is trying to position himself as the candidate of the Democratic wing of the Democratic party, and Grossman as the DINO who is too willing to accede to the low-tax, low-regulatory-burden demands of business without taking into account the negative impact of those sorts of policies.