Grossman, Polito Take Swipes At Each Other’s Records During Wicked Local Debate
October 26, 2010
by Christian Schiavone
The Patriot Ledger
State treasurer candidates Steven Grossman and Karyn Polito tried to establish their credibility as political outsiders during a debate Monday at Stonehill College, despite each having lengthy experience in politics.
Polito, a Republican state representative from Shrewsbury, and Grossman, a Newton Democrat, former head of the Massachusetts and national Democratic committees, traded barbs during the hour-long debate at Stonehill College, each trying to paint the other as too connected to politics as usual.
They are running to replace Treasurer Tim Cahill who is running for governor as an independent.
The debate was sponsored by WickedLocal.com and WCVB-TV. Chazy Dowaliby, editor of The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger newspapers moderated. Kelley Tuthill from Channel 5 and Chloe Gotsis from WickedLocal asked the questions.
Polito said she would be an independent voice on Beacon Hill and said Grossman is too close to the Democratic leadership.
"You're too compromised," Polito said to her opponent. "The big difference is I'm not part of the establishment running Beacon Hill."
Polito said Grossman's past financial support for Democratic candidates put him too close to the party.
Grossman shot back saying his experience running a business started by his grandfather would help him serve as the state's chief financial officer.
"When it was time to stand up to the leadership, I've stood up to the leadership," he said. "Ms. Polito, no one owns Steve Grossman."
Grossman criticized Polito's stance as a reformer aiming to cut waste on Beacon Hill, when she claimed more than $34,000 in per diem expenses for commuting to and from the State House between 2001 and 2009.
The election is Nov. 2.
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