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  |Position = Massachusetts State Senate, Cape and Islands District
 
  |Position = Massachusetts State Senate, Cape and Islands District
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Status = Incumbent
|Current candidacy = Governor of Massachusetts
 
|Current candidate primary date = September 16, 2014
 
 
  |Tenure = January 5, 2011 - present
 
  |Tenure = January 5, 2011 - present
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 7, 2015]]
 
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 7, 2015]]
 
  |Assumed office = 2011
 
  |Assumed office = 2011
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}}{{tnr}}'''Daniel Wolf''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Massachusetts State Senate]], representing the Cape and Islands district.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Daniel Wolf''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Massachusetts State Senate]], representing the Cape and Islands district.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
  
Wolf {{2014is}} a [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Governor of Massachusetts]] in the [[Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 elections]].<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/07/10/cape-state-senator-announces-bid-for-governor/knysyoAHtZcfA0vAS0vDKJ/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013]</ref> Following a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission regarding [[Daniel Wolf#Controversies|his company's contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority]], Wolf said he will suspend his gubernatorial campaign and resign from his seat on August 29, 2013 unless the commission changes its decision.<ref name=fox>[http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23226502/mass-sen-wolf-to-suspend-campaign-for-gov-resign-from-senate ''MyFoxBoston.com'', "Mass. Sen. Wolf to suspend campaign for Gov., resign from Senate," August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.]</ref>
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In July 2013, Wolf entered the [[Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]] [[Democratic]] primary race to succeed [[Deval Patrick]] as [[Governor of Massachusetts]].<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/07/10/cape-state-senator-announces-bid-for-governor/knysyoAHtZcfA0vAS0vDKJ/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013]</ref> Following a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission regarding [[Daniel Wolf#Controversies|his company's contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority]], Wolf was forced to suspend his gubernatorial campaign. Furthermore, he announced his resignation from the state senate, effective August 29, 2013, unless the commission changes its decision.<ref name=fox>[http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23226502/mass-sen-wolf-to-suspend-campaign-for-gov-resign-from-senate ''MyFoxBoston.com'', "Mass. Sen. Wolf to suspend campaign for Gov., resign from Senate," August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.]</ref>{{SEO unique news update|Month=August 2013|Reason=appealing ruling, resigns sen seat Aug 29}}
  
 
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==Biography==
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:: ''See also: [[Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
  
Wolf {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Massachusetts]].<ref>[http://thephoenix.com/Boston/news/147023-gathering-storm ''The Phoenix,'' "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.wickedlocal.com/harwich/newsnow/x65627694/Cape-Cod-Senator-Dan-Wolf-considering-run-for-governor ''The Harwich Oracle,'' "Cape Cod Senator Dan Wolf considering run for governor," January 15, 2013]</ref> He {{2014isseeking}} the [[Democratic]] nomination in the primary election on September 16, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Wolf launched his bid for [[Governor of Massachusetts]] in July 2013, but had to both suspend his campaign and announce his resignation from the state senate one month later due to a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission that rendered him ineligible to run for, or hold, public office in Massachusetts.<ref>[http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cd7fcc44b6a66d3c30299ddd7&id=7c69e74894&e=d5bcd5d67b ''Dan Wolf for Governor 2014,'' "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thephoenix.com/Boston/news/147023-gathering-storm ''The Phoenix,'' "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.wickedlocal.com/harwich/newsnow/x65627694/Cape-Cod-Senator-Dan-Wolf-considering-run-for-governor ''The Harwich Oracle,'' "Cape Cod Senator Dan Wolf considering run for governor," January 15, 2013]</ref> If the state ethics commission clears Wolf to re-enter the race, he will seek [[Democratic]] nomination in the primary election on September 16, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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Daniel Wolf
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Massachusetts State Senate, Cape and Islands District
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWesleyan University
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Daniel Wolf is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Cape and Islands district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

In July 2013, Wolf entered the 2014 Democratic primary race to succeed Deval Patrick as Governor of Massachusetts.[1] Following a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission regarding his company's contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority, Wolf was forced to suspend his gubernatorial campaign. Furthermore, he announced his resignation from the state senate, effective August 29, 2013, unless the commission changes its decision.[2]

Biography

Wolf earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wesleyan University in 1980. Wolf's professional experience includes co-founding Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines and serving as their CEO, and working as a flight instructor, manager of the Chatham Municipal Airport, and aircraft mechanic. Wolf earned his private pilot's license in Chatham, and his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates in Hyannis.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Wolf served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development and Small Business Joint
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Joint
Labor and Workforce Development Joint, Chair
Public Service Joint
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint, Vice-chair
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint
Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wolf served on these committees:

Election history

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Wolf launched his bid for Governor of Massachusetts in July 2013, but had to both suspend his campaign and announce his resignation from the state senate one month later due to a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission that rendered him ineligible to run for, or hold, public office in Massachusetts.[3][4][5] If the state ethics commission clears Wolf to re-enter the race, he will seek Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 16, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, is eligible to run for re-election in 2014. However, after winning re-election in 2010, Patrick stated that he would not seek a third term as governor in the 2014 election.[6][7]

The race to replace Patrick includes a slew of Democratic hopefuls and independent party candidates. The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which is scheduled for September 16, 2014, has attracted individuals already serving in elected office. Attorney general Martha Coakley, state treasurer and Steve Grossman are both running for the Governor's seat.[8]

Daniel Wolf, a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.[9][10] On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.[11][12][13] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013. [14][15][16][11] Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman.

Charlie Baker, a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, Mark Fisher narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.[17][18] The blank ballots that were cast at the convention were counted in the total, reducing the percentage that Fisher received just enough to push him off the ballot. Kirsten Hughes, the Massachusetts Republican party chairwoman, told the media after the convention that blanks should not count towards the total. She retracted that statement days later saying she misspoke.[19]

Fisher's campaign believes that there was possible collusion between the Massachusetts Republican party and Baker's campaign, along with improper conduct at the convention. Debbie McCarthy, Fisher's campaign manager, said the campaign was considering filing two lawsuits. One lawsuit would dispute the convention results while the other would allege the collusion between the state party and Baker's campaign, a violation of party rules.[20] The civil suit would call for the release of e-mails, texts, and phone records to prove the collusion.[21]

The lawsuit to dispute the convention results was brought before a judge Friday, April 11, 2014 in Superior Court. The lawyer for the Massachusetts Republican Party, Louisa Ciaverra, told the judge that ruling would violate the rights of the delegates who voted at the convention, and the rights should not be able to be overruled by judicial interference. He maintained that the Massachusetts GOP has strict rules in place for a reason and that Fisher did not make the ballot in accordance with those rules. The judge noted that the case he was ruling on was brought to him as an allegation that the party violated its own rules He said that the fact on trial was whether a blank ballot counted as a vote. [19]

If the convention results are overturned, and Fisher makes the primary ballot, Baker will have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican, and work to distance himself from the Democratic candidates. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of his conservative Republican supporters.[21]


Controversies

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission ruled on August 2, 2013 that Wolf cannot become governor or hold his current state senate seat unless he sells his 23 percent holding in Cape Air.[9][22] Wolf founded Cape Air 25 years ago, though today it is an employee-owned business. The company has business relationships with the Massachusetts Port Authority, which is a quasi-public agency. Its board is controlled by the governor.[9]

Wolf has denied there is a conflict of interest, despite the agreements between Cape Air and the Port Authority, because the agreements go back to 2002 and are automatically renewed. He stated, "The fees paid by Cape Air are not negotiated but are set by Massport in accordance with Federal regulations and apply to all airlines flying in and out of Logan. Neither Cape Air nor Massport have taken any affirmative action on these agreements since 2002. Let me be clear: Massport took no affirmative action on these contracts while I was a State Senator and Cape Air took no action on these contracts while I was State Senator. There is no discretion to do so, based on federal standards and requirements."[12]

The Ethics Commission ruling was made following a request from Wolf to have his ownership in the company reviewed so that he would not violate the state's conflict of interest law. Wolf also claims to have received an informal opinion on the issue saying that there would be no conflict of interest before he was elected in 2010. Additionally, he has stated that his filings with the Ethics Commission while in office have detailed his holdings in Cape Air and that these were never raised as areas of concern. Following the ruling, he stated that he would appeal the decision and continue to serve as state senator and campaign for governor. He also claimed that the opinion of the commission would, "prevent any successful businessperson who may have even tangential business interaction with the state from entering public life."[12]

On August 22, 2013, Wolf announced his impending resignation and suspension of his campaign for governor in the event that the Commission does not reverse its decision. While maintaining that there was not a conflict of interest, Wolf said that terminating the contracts would have adverse economic consequences, and ending his involvement with Cape Air would hurt and indebt the company. Wolf's resignation is effective August 29, 2013.[2]

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Wolf won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Cape and Islands District. Wolf was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[23]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Wolf won election to the Cape and Islands Seat in 2010. He defeated Sheila Lyons in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated the winner of the Republican primary in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Cape and Islands District
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Wolf (D) 44,886
James H. Crocker, Jr. (R) 33,247
All Others 22
Blanks 3,152

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Wolf raised $523,479 in contributions. [24]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Wolf, Daniel A $262,339
Massachusetts Democratic Party $47,410
Massachusetts Federation Of Teachers $1,000

Personal

Wolf and his wife, Heidi Schuetz, have three children.

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References

  1. Boston Globe, "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 MyFoxBoston.com, "Mass. Sen. Wolf to suspend campaign for Gov., resign from Senate," August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  3. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  4. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  5. The Harwich Oracle, "Cape Cod Senator Dan Wolf considering run for governor," January 15, 2013
  6. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  7. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  8. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  10. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 CommonWealth, "Wolf: Ethics ruling bars run for governor," accessed August 8, 2013
  13. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  14. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013
  15. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  17. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  18. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  20. Massachusetts Live, Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access, March 25, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 Boston.com, Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP, March 23, 2014
  22. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  23. 2012 State Primary Candidate List "Massachusetts Secretary of State," Acccessed June 26, 2012
  24. 2010 contributions
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