Grossman lands big endorsements in Coakley country

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PITTSFIELD -- The mayor and City Council president of the county's largest city, the sheriff, and all four members of the Berkshire County delegation to the House of Representatives have endorsed Steve Grossman for governor.

The endorsements from Berkshire County's political heavyweights come from an area long considered to be Martha Coakley territory. Coakley, who grew up in North Adams and attended Williams College in Williamstown, won 31 of the 32 towns and cities in Berkshire County during her unsuccessful 2010 bid for senator against Scott Brown.

State Treasurer Grossman, Attorney General Coakley, and physician and former Obama administration administrator Don Berwick are vying for the Democratic nomination on Sept. 9.

The endorsements were announced Thursday via a press release from the Grossman campaign.

"Western Massachusetts is constantly fighting for attention from Beacon Hill," Pittsield Mayor Dan Bianchi stated in the release. "Time and time again Steve Grossman has demonstrated his commitment to this region as treasurer. I know as governor he will be a champion for Pittsfield and Berkshire County."

Joining Bianchi were Berkshire County Sheriff Tom Bowler, state representatives William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Gailanne Cariddi, Paul Mark, and Pittsfield City Council President Melissa Mazzeo.

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