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  Gabrieli edges closer to running for MA governor
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 11, 2006 02:14pm
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News DateSaturday, March 11, 2006 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBusinessman Chris Gabrieli took another step yesterday toward running for governor, filing paperwork so his campaign committee can raise and spend money to seek the Democratic nomination.

Gabrieli also plans to put $50,000 of his own money in the account in the next day or two and is actively soliciting support from Democratic delegates in order to be considered by the party's convention in June, an aide said yesterday.

''We are aggressively collecting them now," Joe Ganley, Gabrieli's spokesman, said of the signatures. He said they are approaching the needed 500 in order to be considered by the convention for its endorsement.

As part of the signature-gathering effort, Gabrieli's brother John sent a letter to Democratic delegates earlier this month asking them to sign petitions and recounting a meeting that Gabrieli's supporters held with him recently.

''None of us left that meeting with any doubt that Chris would make a great governor, and we're convinced he wants the job," John Gabrieli wrote. ''He thinks Massachusetts needs a fresh start, and he thinks he can win. He also needs to be convinced that Democratic leaders like you want him to run."

Ganley said Gabrieli made a ''technical change" to his campaign committee that was filed yesterday with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. He changed the designation of the committee from one for lieutenant governor to one for governor.
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