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Ex-AIPAC chief kicks off Mass. treasurer campaign

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A former AIPAC president and board chairman kicked off his campaign for a Massachusetts state office.

Steve Grossman, national chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999, and a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, launched his campaign Wednesday for state treasurer and receiver-general with a news conference at a Boston hotel.

Grossman served as president of AIPAC from 1992 to 1996; he became chairman of the board in 1997.

He also was board chairman of Brandeis University in suburban Boston and the former campaign chair of Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies.