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  Wild card looms in MA governor's race [Possible Gabrieli candidacy]
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Last EditedCOSDem  Feb 14, 2006 04:31pm
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News DateTuesday, February 14, 2006 10:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWealthy businessman Christopher Gabrieli, rejected as a lieutenant governor running mate by Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, has told Democratic Party officials that he is receptive to jumping into the race for governor and has given the green light to his supporters to marshal support for him at the party's June convention.

At least three-dozen Democratic activists, with Gabrieli's blessing, have for several days been seeking signatures on a petition that would allow Gabrieli's name to be put before the June 4 convention as a gubernatorial candidate, according to two organizers of the signature drive.

Gabrieli needs 500 delegates to sign the petition to be considered at the convention. The petition is due in late April. If he clears that hurdle, the next step is to win support of 15 percent of the delegates at the convention needed to qualify for the September ballot. Gabrieli has told supporters he would probably take a poll to see if he can be a viable candidate.

''We think Chris would be a compelling candidate," said Felda Hardymon, a Harvard Business School professor and former business partner of Gabrieli's. ''We have not convinced Chris, but we are trying to get the 500 signatures and to understand whether this makes sense for Chris today."
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