In a sign he is ramping up his 2014 campaign for governor, State Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced he has hired a team of aides and political consultants who will work with him in his gubernatorial bid.
Josh Wolf, who most recently managed a successful California Congressional campaign in 2012, will serve as Grossman’s campaign manager. Penelope McGee Savitz, who most recently worked at a New Jersey hedge fund and has significant fund-raising experience, will be his finance director.
Two well-known national Democratic political consultants based in New York are set to handle Grossman’s media and polling efforts.
Jefrey Pollock, who has polled for a number of governors and is the president of Global Strategy Group, will serve as Grossman’s pollster. Joe Slade White, who has made ads for a long roster of big-name Democrats including Vice President Joe Biden, will serve as media and strategy consultant for Grossman.
Grossman has also brought on Mission Control, a firm with experience in Massachusetts, for direct mail and Bully Pulpit Interactive for digital strategy.
The other declared Democratic candidates for governor are former Obama administration health care official Donald M. Berwick, former Obama administration homeland security official Juliette Kayyem and biotechnology executive Joseph Avellone.
Democratic State Senator Daniel A. Wolf, who had previously been campaigning for governor, has suspended his campaign.
Other potential Democratic candidates include Attorney General Martha Coakley, Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, and US Representative Michael E. Capuano.