Buttigieg campaign taps Steve Grossman as Massachusetts co-chair

Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign is getting a boost in Massachusetts from three state co-chairs, including former state treasurer Steve Grossman, who will help steer the former mayor’s outreach efforts here in the run-up to Super Tuesday.

Grossman is joined by state Sen. Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, and state Rep. Maria Robinson, D-Framingham, the campaign announced Wednesday.

“I believe Pete is the candidate who can win back Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to put together the broad coalition needed to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Grossman said in a statement.

Grossman, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, endorsed Buttigieg last April. Grossman was previously an organizer for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“I’ve known Pete for years and I’ve seen firsthand what an authentic, down-to-earth, and intelligent person he is – all qualities we are desperately missing in the White House. I’m proud to serve as the co-chair of his campaign,” Grossman said.

Rodrigues highlighted Buttigieg’s experience as a veteran and the “executive experience” he brings from his two terms as mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“While these credentials make him a qualified candidate for office, they are not the most important reasons that Pete will have my vote,” Rodrigues said in a statement. “Rather, it is the obvious strength of his character and morality that lead me to believe he can unite and lead our country forward. It is time for a new generation of progressive leaders to emerge, and I believe Pete will be at its forefront.”

Robinson praised Buttigieg’s commitment to having women comprise at least half of his Cabinet.

“He is the candidate that is best suited to bring our country together to address our greatest challenges. With the current dysfunction and division out of Washington, he is appealing to people across parties and affiliations,” Robinson said in a statement.

The three co-chairs will join state manager Sydney Throop, who comes from Buttigieg’s winning Iowa operation, in helming his Massachusetts effort.

Buttigieg has long found success fundraising in the Bay State, and he heads into the March 3 primary here having come in a close second in neighboring New Hampshire.

His campaign is one of several ramping up efforts here ahead of Super Tuesday. Operatives and supporters of several Democratic presidential campaigns have told the Herald they see Massachusetts as more “in play” following home-state U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s poor outings in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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