By Michael Norton
State House News Service
BOSTON — State Rep. Tom Conroy’s two competitors in the state treasurer’s primary race are not taking the Wayland Democrat up on his call Wednesday for a series of weekly debates leading up to the Democratic Party’s nominating convention on June 14.
Campaign officials for both former Brookline Selectwoman Deb Goldberg and state Sen. Barry Finegold told the News Service they would entertain debate requests on a case-by-case basis.
“Voters from every corner of the Commonwealth deserve to hear from all of the candidates in meaningful, substantive debates, open to the media and public, during which we can discuss what uniquely qualified us to assume the responsibility of treasurer,” Conroy said in a statement Wednesday.
Chris Keohan, a spokesman for Goldberg, said she has been running an “aggressive grassroots campaign” and has participated in numerous “meet and greets” and public forums.
“We’re not really sure where he’s coming from,” Keohan said, referring to Conroy. “We’re going to continue doing what we’re doing.”
In an emailed statement, Kathryn Alexander, political director for Finegold’s campaign, also said the Andover Democrat had participated in candidate forums “from Northampton to Jamaica Plain, many with other candidates for treasurer” and planned to continue participating in debates and forums.
“With respect to Rep. Conroy’s letter, it is the policy of this campaign to evaluate specific requests on a case-by-case basis. Our preference is to participate in forums and debates that are generated based on the needs of interested community members and media outlets and not the needs of other candidates,” Alexander said.
Treasurer Steven Grossman is not seeking re-election and is running for governor this year.
Though public polling in the treasurer’s race has been limited, Conroy so far has struggled to keep up with the fundraising pace set by the other two Democrats, reporting just $46,181 in his campaign account through the middle of April compared to the $129,490 that Goldberg has squirreled away through March and more than $419,000 that Finegold reported on hand as of April 15.
Finegold raised the largest sum in March collecting $85,163 in donations compared to the $64,900 raised by Goldberg and the $22,745 raised by Conroy.
(Statehouse News Service reporter Matt Murphy contributed to this story.)