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Reich 'likely' to run for Massachusetts governor


BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Robert Reich said Sunday he was "likely" to announce soon that he will be a candidate for governor of Massachusetts next year.

The labor secretary during the first term of the Clinton administration, Reich told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that he would decide in the next couple of weeks whether to run for the job.

"It's very likely," he said. "I am talking to a lot of people right now."

Republican Jane Swift has been acting governor of Massachusetts since April, when Paul Cellucci stepped down to accept a job as U.S. ambassador to Canada.

"We have a kind of crisis in leadership right now in Massachusetts, and in this recession a lot of people are hurting," Reich said.

Reich, a liberal Democrat, has had a long career in government and academia. He held posts in the Ford and Carter administrations and was teaching at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government when Bill Clinton nominated him for labor secretary.

He is a professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University outside Boston. Reich and his wife live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have two sons.

Other Clinton-era officials are considering runs in 2002. Former Attorney General Janet Reno is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida. Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff, may run for the U.S. Senate seat that Republican Jesse Helms of North Carolina is vacating.




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