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Betting on themselves

They're betting on themselves. At least seven statewide candidates have poured thousands of dollars of their own money into their campaigns. Wealthy investor Chris Gabrieli leads the pack, but others have reached into their own accounts, too. Even Sam Kelley, who dropped out of the lieutenant governor's race last week, donated a sizable amount to his race.

  • $1.1m Deborah Goldberg is a former chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen in Brookline.
  • $38,900 Sam Kelley dropped out of the lieutenant governor’s race last week.
  • $5,000 Andrea Silbert, a Democrat, is a founder of the Center for Women & Enterprise.
  • $2.6m Chris Gabrieli has donated the most among the candidates to his own campaign.
  • $0; $1.58m Kerry Healey donated $1.58 million to her gubernatorial campaign in 2002.
  • $446,000 Christy Mihos will air a new radio commercial by comedian Steve Sweeney.
  • $348,173 Deval Patrick supports plans for the proposed Cape Wind Farm.

    Source: Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

    Kennedy reportedly upset with Patrick's stance

    Going against US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his high-profile and very personal battle to block the proposed Cape wind farm can be an uncomfortable place for a Democratic candidate in Massachusetts. Just ask gubernatorial hopeful Deval L. Patrick.

    Patrick has been touting his support of the wind farm to all who will listen, as proof of his political independence and his belief in alternative energy sources. But Patrick's outspoken support is not being received well in the Kennedy camp. In fact, the senator is very upset, said one Kennedy adviser.

    ``It has been communicated that this is a big one for him," acknowledged a Patrick adviser, who insisted the candidate is careful to separate the senator from his statements of support for the huge windmill complex planned for Nantucket Sound. ``This isn't the easiest place to be in the Massachusetts Democratic party," the adviser said.

    And Democratic Party chairman Philip W. Johnston, a close Kennedy confidant for years, made that clear last week.

    ``I'm troubled by people who aren't there for the senator in this battle," Johnston said, in a break in his normal protocol of not getting involved in the race for governor. ``It means a lot to him. I think we owe Ted Kennedy a lot for what he has done for this state, and he deserves our respect and support."

    Kennedy shifted strategy on legislation to block the Cape Wind project last week. He now backs a proposal giving final say over the project to the Coast Guard commandant, rather than a proposal that would give the final say to Governor Mitt Romney.

    Former running mate tops guest list for Women for Gabrieli

    Chris Gabrieli is hosting a Women for Gabrieli fund-raiser at the Lenox Hotel on June 8. The special guest is Shannon O'Brien, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2002 who had Gabrieli as a running mate.

  • The invitation list is thick with Beacon Hill neighbors, do-gooders, and Democratic fund-raisers.

    Cheryl Cronin -- partner at Brown Rudnick, who served as general counsel to Boston 2004, the host committee for the Democratic National Convention -- is cochairwoman.

    Also serving as cochairwomen of the event are Gabrieli's wife, Hilary Bacon Gabrieli; his mother, Lilla Gabrieli; and his mother-in-law, Smoki Bacon.

    Other big names include Elaine M. Schuster, the philanthropist and Democratic fund-raiser; gay rights activist and communications consultant Mary Breslauer; legal analyst Alice Richmond; and Sharon Pollard, former mayor of Methuen.

    The list continued with Jocelyn Belluck, a major local fund-raiser for Wesley Clark; Jane Christo, the former general manager of WBUR-FM radio; Katharine Kane, Boston's former deputy mayor under Kevin White; former New England Electric chairman Joan Toland Bok; Shari Loessberg, entrepreneur and senior lecturer at MIT's Sloan School; and Maria J. Grasso, Gabrieli's former nanny, who took home $70 million in the Massachusetts state lottery.

    The fund-raiser, of course, is supposed to take place five days after the Democratic State Convention.

    It might curdle the crême brulée if the delegates don't put him on the ballot.

    Mihos baseball-theme ad will take to the airwaves

    Christy Mihos's insurgent gubernatorial campaign against Democrats and Republicans takes to the airwaves again this week with a new baseball-themed ad by comic Steve Sweeney. The ad, which will air during Red Sox games on WEEI-AM, features a stadium announcer introducing Mihos as the taxpayers' savior.

    The announcer casts the two political parties as ``way, way, way, way out in the left field, out of touch with the voters, and owned by special interests."

    It's the fourth radio ad Sweeney has done for Mihos, an Independent, who's hoping his populist message will carry him to victory in November.

    In governor's absence, Healey takes on fill-in role with gusto

    With Governor Mitt Romney out of range in Iraq last week, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, took advantage of her role as acting governor like she never has before.

    Healey filed legislation as acting governor to curb medical malpractice fraud, the first time she had filed a bill since becoming lieutenant governor. Earlier in the week, she toured some flooded areas of the North Shore to see the damage, and met with House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and Senate President Robert E. Travaglini to talk about the state contribution to the cleanup. And when the federal flood aid was announced, she was in front of the governor's office to make the announcement to the media.

    Frank Phillips, Lisa Wangsness, and Scott Helman of the Globe staff contributed to the Trail Report.

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