Candidate Steve Grossman Deals With Kidney Stone Pain Rather Than Miss Mass. Debate

PHOTO: Treasurer Steve Grossman speaks during the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention held at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Steve Grossman wants to be governor of Massachusetts so badly that even a painful kidney stone wasn't going to get in the way of attending an important debate.

"If you want to be governor, you have to step up and do the job," Grossman told ABCNews.com. "You have to suck it up and that's how I feel."

Grossman, 68, who is the state treasurer, said the pain started early Tuesday morning. He popped some Advil and said he didn't even think of cancelling his packed schedule for the day.

That night, Grossman participated in a forum on issues facing the LGBTQ community that was hosted by public broadcaster WGBH and MassEquality at the Boston Public Library.

PHOTO: Steve Grossman was joined by seven other candidates campaigning to be governor of Massachusetts.
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PHOTO: Steve Grossman was joined by seven other candidates campaigning to be governor of Massachusetts.

Grossman remained calm and collected as he fielded questions and said he tried to hide his discomfort.

PHOTO: Grossman, who is the state treasurer, remained calm and collected as he introduced himself to the crowd of 500 people.
WGBH
PHOTO: Grossman, who is the state treasurer, remained calm and collected as he introduced himself to the crowd of 500 people.

PHOTO: Grossman said the pain got as intense as an eight out of ten during the debate.
WGBH
PHOTO: Grossman said the pain got as intense as an "eight out of ten" during the debate.

Grossman, who said he has suffered from kidney stones in the past, described the feeling as "a small piece of jagged volcanic rock and as it travels its pathway, it scrapes the passageway and creates a lot of pain."

At times during the 90-minute debate, Grossman grimaced and rubbed his kidney area, but remained remarkably composed as he answered questions.

PHOTO: Grossman rubs his kidney area as he prepares to answer a question at the forum.
WGBH
PHOTO: Grossman rubs his kidney area as he prepares to answer a question at the forum.

After the debate, Grossman, a Democrat, said a reporter for Boston Magazine noticed he wasn't feeling "100 percent" and asked him how he was feeling.

Grossman told him about the kidney stone, he tweeted the news and the story went then went viral.

After the debate, Grossman soldiered on through his evening, attending GetKonnected's Diversity Game Changer Awards.

"My feeling was I was going to pass this kidney stone at some point," he said. "You just have to fight your way through the pain and deal with the reality of life."

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