By Andy Metzger and Michael Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE -- Spending down some of his campaign cash as he pursues the Democratic Party's nomination for governor, Treasurer Steven Grossman on Monday introduced a new TV ad suggesting voters should trust him to create jobs more than Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has led the race among Democrats in public opinion polling.
In the ad, Grossman touts his record in the private sector as CEO of Grossman Marketing Group and his support for earned sick time and family leave policies. As the narrator describes Grossman as the "right choice for a tough economy," the ad features video footage of the Newton Democrat talking to people and text referencing Grossman's endorsement at the Democratic Party's convention in June.
Without mentioning Coakley by name, the 30-second ad asks the audience, "Who do you trust to grow our economy as governor, a career prosecutor or a proven jobs creator?"
Grossman has severely lagged behind Coakley in every poll since she entered the race.
The Boston Globe on Friday released a poll showing Coakley at 50 percent followed by Grossman at 16 percent, Don Berwick at 6 percent and a 5 percent margin of error. Berwick and Coakley, who unlike Grossman are receiving public financing for their campaigns, have yet to air their first ads.
The Sept. 9 primary elections will narrow the field of candidates for the Nov. 4 election.
"Martha welcomes the opportunity to have a debate about turning our economy around for everybody, not just for those at the top," Coakley spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin said in a statement in response. She said, "She has a plan to grow our economy - from expanding early education, to cutting red tape for businesses to grow and creating a women's economic agenda, to investing in our roads and bridges - to ensure that we build an economy that gives all of our residents a fair shot."
The Grossman campaign is spending $300,000 on its first ad buy in the Boston media market, which includes Worcester, according to campaign spokeswoman Chandra Allard. The treasurer reported raising more than $40,500 dollars during the first half of July leaving $819,000 in his campaign account as of July 15, according to filings with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.