Politics & Government
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Thu December 12, 2013

Independent Candidate Jeff McCormick Makes His Case For Governor's Office

Gubernatorial candidate Jeffrey McCormick joined Jim and Margery on BPR to talk about his campaign for governor.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Jeff McCormick
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Jeff McCormick made his fair share of headlines, but most of them in the sports pages.

He's a college lacrosse star turned venture capitalist who is now making news as one of two independent candidates for governor.

Jeff Mccormick is a graduate of Syracuse University and a Boston resident. He founded Saturn Venture Capital Partners in 1994.

McCormick sat down with Greater Boston's Emily Rooney. Watch above or read the transcript below:

Emily Rooney: I wanted your take on the compromise with the casinos. They are going to take another vote in Revere over the Suffolk Downs property. Is that a fair shake?

Jeff McCormick: I think casinos, frankly, aren't the answer, by and large. I think there are a lot of other things we ought to be doing in the commonwealth and I certainly think if we're going to have a casino, it should be a resort casino.

But I do think that they've played some games, and what people thought the ground rules Were going forward.

I absolutely think, though, the communities have to vote in what's going on in their backyard.

Rooney: You think there's a legal challenge maybe to do this.

McCormick: Yes, I do.

Rooney: People are spending more than a quarter of their income by and large over 50 percent people here are spending more than a quarter of their salaries. What do you do about that?

McCormick: Well, growth is basically what I've done for the last 25 years. We take small companies and grow them, Emily.

And you absolutely need the housing stock. There's no question about it. The people can't afford it.

You have to attract people to our gateway cities. Don't forget, there's a lot of places with a wonderful quality of life, if we can make the investments and encourage companies to locate there.

Companies build around great people, and once you do that in a community, you can really grow an area so that we start to spread it around the commonwealth more.

Rooney: Tell me about your position as an independent. One of the issues has always been that an independent would have a tough time working with the legislature on Beacon Hill, because it's hard to push an agenda through.

It's hard if you're a Republican for sure, but if you're a Democrat at least you have the Democratic majority of the body with you.

How do you do that as an independent?

McCormick: You know, think of the last eight years where we've had a Democratic legislature and governor and yet there's little change, or not enough change, and certainly there's still a lot of opportunity there.

Look at Angus king, elected governor twice unknown businessman from Maine says it's better to govern as an independent as

well, because you're much less threatening.

This isn't about giving power to the other party which it would be with the republican governor. It's about someone coming in who has the skill set to look at the facts and identify solutions and get people to rally around them.

The legislature, I believe they want to make change. They want this commonwealth to be better than it is. They want changes in healthcare. They want changes in education. They want to fix some of the transportation issues.

And it requires a skill set versus a party.

Rooney: What is your skill set? What's the first thing that you would tackle? What is the biggest looming issue for the governor?

McCormick: Well without a doubt, healthcare and education are huge issues that need to be changed, in many ways.

And I've developed solutions within the private sector to do some of that.

Obviously if you have the advantage of being within the government, then you can put all of that on steroids and take it to the next level.

But we've also done it with energy. We can cut the energy costs throughout the commonwealth in many areas.

And that's very important for small businesses because that makes a difference whether or not they're getting a contract or not, whether they're going to be able to manufacture something and send it out internationally and compete internationally.

So there's a number of areas.

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