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Reich to run for Massachusetts governor

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will announce Wednesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts, his aide said Tuesday.

Reich, currently a professor at Brandeis University, joins an already crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Republican Jane Swift, who became acting governor in April when Paul Cellucci stepped down to become ambassador to Canada.

Although Massachusetts historically has been a Democratic state, Republicans have won the governor's office in every election since 1990.

"We have a kind of crisis in leadership right now in Massachusetts, and in this recession a lot of people are hurting," Reich told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" in December.

Reich, who served as Labor Secretary during President Clinton's first term, has never held elective office.

He is the latest Clinton-era official to launch a political campaign for 2002. The others include:

-- Former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, who is planning to announce Saturday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New Mexico.

-- Former Attorney General Janet Reno, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

-- Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo, who is running for governor of New York.

-- Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff who is running for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

-- Rahm Emanuel, a former White House adviser who is running for Congress in Illinois.




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