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Five Democrats have eye on Governor Patrick's seat

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With the Governor's Office about to be vacant, five Democrats have their eyes on the biggest job on Beacon Hill.

Right now, it's not really a race.  Early polls show Martha Coakley has more support than all of her opponents combined, and she knows what that means.

Andy Hiller asked, "Do you feel like you have a target on your back?"
A.G. Martha Coakley said, "Always."

Already taking aim is Coakley's top challenger, Treasurer Steve Grossman.

"I think there's an integrity issue here," said Grossman.

Coakley: "We know that there are some issues that pop up, some that are related to issues that voters care about, most that aren't."

Grossman:  "Her record does include repeated violations of campaign finance laws and a lack of proper practice and procedure and someone in her position should know better."

Hiller asked Coakley: "You're off to kind of a rough start..."
Coakley:  "I disagree."
Hiller:  "Well you're the Attorney General...you don't want to have any campaign finance issues."
Coakley:  "I disagree we're off to a rough start.  We're off to a terrific start."       

Hiller asked Grossman:  "You're going to run a very aggressive campaign."
Grossman:  "That's what I've always believed is appropriate."

Hiller asked Coakley:  "Is there a place for Steve Grossman in your cabinet?"
Coakley:  "No comment."

And then there are "the others"--the very, very long shots:

There's Juliette Kayyem, the former Federal Homeland Security official, who also has Coakley in her sights:        
Kayyem said, "Being governor is not a consolation prize...it is not a next in line.  This is a fight for our party and for the future of Massachusetts."

There's Dr. Donald Berwick, the candidate most committed to single payer health care.
Berwick said,  "People want bold progressive leadership right now and that's not mincing your words, or saying you'll take a look at it, or it's not time yet.  It means it's time now to have justice, equality, and compassion in public life."

And there's Joe Avellone, the health care executive I'd guess you've never heard of.
Hiller asked Avellone,  "People don't know you much.  Can you explain yourself in a sentence?"
Avellone said,  "I'm a surgeon who was interested in health policy, got into managing large organizations as part of that, and now I think my skills at creating thousands of jobs and controlling health care costs are just what the next governor needs, and that's why I'm running.  I hope I can make a big difference."

Before you get to vote on any of these people, each has to get 15 percent of the votes at the party's state convention next weekend in Worcester.

There are five candidates going in; I don't think that many will come out.

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