Who’s with whom

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007

And yet, Richardson has done little or nothing so far to generate support here. A-List fundraisers in the area say they haven’t had any contact or information from the campaign, and can’t name anyone they know in the New Mexico governor’s corner. His Harvard Club fundraiser this week was not expected to draw a huge crowd.

That’s partly because Richardson has been anxious not to spend too much time 3000 miles away from the state he’s just been re-elected to run — hoping to avoid Romney-esque abandonment charges.

Instead, he’s been grabbing the low-hanging fruit offered by his friends and supporters in New Mexico and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Boston-area bigwigs are getting scooped up, including fellow Tufts alumni Solomont and Barbara Grossman. The question is whether anyone will be left when Richardson finally gets around to wooing them.

And the field
There are, of course, those in the local area who prefer a more off-brand candidate.

Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich had quite a bit of support from Massachusetts liberals last time around — aside from the West Coast and Hawaii, the state was one of his biggest sources of funds for his 2004 campaign. Many will be with him again, although the state organization has yet to take shape.

Former Alaska senator Mike Gravel also figures to get some local progressive support. He was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has been endorsed by New England icon Granny D.

There are also some waiting for Wes Clark to join the race. But the real Godot, of course, is Al Gore.

Until Gore definitively rules out the possibility of running, a lot of Massachusetts Democrats will withhold their full-fledged support for anyone else. After all, one uncommitted big-bucks Democrat says flatly that he would support Gore if he ran.

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David S. Bernstein's Talking Politics: http://www.thephoenix.com/talkingpolitics

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Biden
David A. Boyarsky, real estate
John Cahill, O’Neill & Associates, lobbyist
Jack Connors, Hill Holliday founder
George Cronin, Rasky Baerlein, PR
Kevin Fitzgerald, former state representative
Chad Gifford, Bank of America
Bob Glovsky, Mintz Levin, lobbyist
Ed Goldman, WBZ/ProMedia
Mary Liz Kane, Liberty Square Group, PR
Woody Kaplan, ACLU, activist
Larry Rasky, Rasky Barlein, PR

Clinton
Bonnie Berger, Boston College professor
Beth Boland, Bingham McCutcheon
Mary Breslauer, Human Rights Campaign
George Cloutier, AMS
Evan Dobelle, former DNC Treasurer
Thomas Glynn, Partners Healthcare
Deborah Goldberg, lieutenant-governor candidate
Steve Grossman, Mass Envelope
Rebecca Haag, AIDS Action
Gordon Hayes, LeBoeuf Lamb, corporate law
Swanee Hunt, former ambassador
Howard Kessler, financier
Elaine Kirshenbaum, Mass Medical
Barbara Lee, philanthropist
Marc Pacheco, state senator
Jonathan Patsavos, Kerry finance director
Lois Pines, former state senator
Alix Ritchie, Provincetown Banner
Gail Roberts, real estate
Donald L. Saunders, hotelier
Elaine & Gerry Schuster, financiers

Dodd
Charles Baker, Dewey Square Group, PR
Charles Campion, Dewey Square Group, PR
Michael Danziger
Nina & David Fialkow, venture capitalists
John Fowler
Richard Friedman, developer
Nick Littlefield, Foley Hoag, law
Patrick Lyons, club owner
Kevin Phelan, Meredith & Grew, real estate

Edwards
Beth Leonard, former Kerry aide
Alex MacDonald, trial attorney

Obama
Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University
William Cowan, Mintz Levin, lobbyist
Cheryl Cronin, Brown Rudnick, law
Philip Edmundson, insurance
Paul Eggerman, entrepreneur
Bernie & Carol Fulp, Go Biz/John Hancock
Mark Goodman, venture capitalist
Philip Johnston, party chair
Geoff Lewis, attorney
Betsy Myers, former Bill Clinton advisor
Scott Nathan, investor
Don Nova, venture capitalist
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
Michael Perik, publishing
Collette Phillips, public relations
Alan Solomont, venture capitalist
Michael Thornton, trial attorney
Larry Tribe, Harvard Law School
Barry White, Foley Hoag

Richardson
Dorothy Dyer
Larry Gulko, brand marketer
Thomas J. Holloway, attorney
Pat Keenan-Loope
Bill Kennedy
David Rice
Oscar Soto, AIDS activist

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