A stream of personal wealth is defining, and dividing, the Democratic race for Kennedy seat – The Boston Globe

A stream of personal wealth is defining, and dividing, the Democratic race for Kennedy seat – The Boston Globe

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“It’s a really interesting dichotomy,” said Peter Ubertaccio, a political scientist at Stonehill College in Easton, which is wedged in the center of the serpentine district. “These are fairly progressive candidates. They line up well with the progressive side of the Democratic Party by and large.

“On a meta level, it’s an issue,” he said. “There’s such a symbolic divide in this district.”

Four candidates have given their campaigns six-figure sums, including Ihssane Leckey, who has committed at least $800,000, and Becky Walker Grossman, who loaned her campaign $430,000. All told, six of the nine on the ballot have reported giving or loaning their campaigns personal funds — collectively, at least $1.75 million so far.

Many can afford to. Five have disclosed a net worth north of $1 million between them and their spouses, wealth that, for one, includes a family home on Martha’s Vineyard and another, her husband’s seven-figure stake in a family company.

Jake Auchincloss, a Newton city councilor who has distant family ties to the Kennedys, has sunk $150,000 of his own money into his campaign, with the potential to commit $100,000 more, his campaign said. And his parents have committed tens of thousands of dollars to a super PAC that has so far spent more than $420,000 boosting his candidacy.

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