Mass Retirees Endorses Becky Grossman For Congress

Mass Retirees Endorses Becky Grossman For Congress
Becky Grossman

Newton City Councilor Prioritizes Retiree Concerns

APRIL 16, 2020: The upcoming Primary Election on September 1st presents a rare opportunity to influence the makeup and focus of the 9-member Massachusetts Congressional delegation. In opting to run for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Joe Kennedy, III will vacate his seat in the 4th Congressional District – which stretches from Brookline to Fall River encompassing 34 cities and towns. 

Mass Retirees is proud to endorse Becky Grossman in the Democratic Primary. We believe Becky, who currently serves as a City Councilor in Newton, is the best candidate to represent the concerns of public retirees in Congress.

Throughout Mass Retirees 52-year history, the Association has taken an active role in supporting candidates for elective office who have demonstrated a true commitment and record to bettering the lives of public retirees. In practice, this means not only supporting policies of importance to our members but making those issues a priority.

“There is a crowded field of candidates running to succeed Joe Kennedy. We looked closely at each candidate and found that there was one clear choice in terms of the issues of importance to public retirees. That choice is Becky Grossman,” said Mass Retirees President Frank Valeri. “Last fall, when we first sat down with Becky to discuss her candidacy, it was immediately clear that she has a deep understanding of the issues impacting public retirees.

“For instance, Becky knew the fine details of our fight to reform the Social Security WEP and GPO laws. We did not have to explain the issue to her, she already knew the facts and immediately committed to making this issue a personal priority. This is the type of commitment that we need in the US Congress.

“Over the past several months, we have had several in-depth conversations with Becky on a wide-range of topics. Not only is she knowledgeable, but she poses the work ethic to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. As we like to say, Becky Grossman gets it! We believe she will be a great leader for the entire 4thDistrict.”

“The important work of Mass Retirees – fighting for reform the Social Security WEP and GPO laws, access to quality healthcare and strong benefits to honor public service – are examples of my core personal beliefs,” said Grossman. “Especially in the midst of this pandemic, our leaders need to be proactively looking out for our most vulnerable populations, including seniors, and I’m committed to doing just that in Washington. I’m honored to receive the Association's endorsement.” 

As a former Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Becky is no stranger to public service. She is also the daughter-in-law of former State Treasurer Steve Grossman, a close ally of Mass Retirees.

“During his tenure as State Treasurer, Steve Grossman played a key role in several policy debates having a direct impact on public retirees. Not only did he help increase the COLA base for State and Teacher Retirees, but, more importantly, played a critical role in protecting health insurance benefits for public retirees,” recalls Mass Retirees CEO Shawn Duhamel, who served with Treasurer Grossman on the Special Commission on Retiree Health Insurance. “Without Steve Grossman at the table speaking up in defense of public retirees, the door would have been open to drastically change retiree health insurance plans.

“We see that same steely commitment to public retirees with Becky Grossman. For that reason, Mass Retirees is proud to endorse Becky’s candidacy for Congress and ask our members living in the 4th Congressional District to please consider granting her your vote on September 1.”

 

The Massachusetts 4th Congressional District encompasses the following communities:

 

Cities:

AttleboroFall River, Newton, Taunton

 

Towns:

BellinghamBerkleyBrooklineDightonDoverEastonFoxborough, Franklin, FreetownHopedale,HopkintonLakevilleMansfieldMedfieldMedwayMilfordMillisNeedhamNorfolkNorth AttleboroughNortonPlainvilleRaynhamRehobothSeekonkSharonSomersetSwanseaWellesleyWrentham

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