Independent Jeff McCormick enters Mass. gov.'s race

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February 4, 2014, 6:41 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Jeff McCormick is the latest candidate to get in to the Massachusetts governor's race.

The 52-year-old wealthy businessman says he is ready to spend more than a million dollars on his campaign.

"I've lived the American dream. And I know how to create jobs, I know how to create value and by definition, what our companies do is solve problems," he says.

McCormick, who founded the venture capital firm Saturn Partners 20 years ago, lives in Boston's Back Bay with his wife and three children but points to a more humble upbringing.

"I grew up in a modest home in a middle class neighborhood. I later had the privilege to be an all-American scholar athlete while studying at Syracuse University," he says.

McCormick is running as an Independent, inspired in part by the success of Maine's former Independent Governor Angus King, now a U.S. Senator.

"I felt it was extremely important, if we're really going to solve the problems that we have to break out of the partisan politics," he says. "And not being beholden to anyone is absolutely critical."

McCormick points to his political record as proof of his independence. He was a registered Republican for years, and supported Governor Mitt Romney and Senate Candidate Gabriel Gomez. But he has also voted for many Democrats as well, including President Barack Obama, Governor Deval Patrick and Representative Joe Kennedy. McCormick is pro-choice and supports gay marriage.

"Really, what I am is a blend of what you would classically consider a niche party," he says.

But many feel it is not the Democratic candidates who will be effected by McCormick's candidacy, so much as the Republican - Charlie Baker, also a 50 something, fiscally conservative, white, male businessman.

Asked about Baker, McCormick says, "Charlie doesn't have near my experience in creating jobs."

When asked about McCormick, Baker says, "I think people should vote for whoever they think the best person to get the job done is and I believe most voters on election day are going to think that's me."

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