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Governor Baker: “Parties do listen to voters”



Chris Lisinski

BOSTON – With his eight-year term as a party standard-bearer drawing to a close, Gov. Charlie Baker hopes the MassGOP leadership with whom he has clashed will adjust to a poor Republican showing in last month’s elections.

Baker, who has enjoyed sizable approval ratings for most of his tenure, has found himself at odds with party leadership in recent years as Chairman Jim Lyons pulls it further to the right and toward open embrace of former President Donald Trump.

In Baker’s final monthly appearance on GBH News’s “Boston Public Radio,” host Jim Braude asked Baker if he believes the state Republican Party — whose candidates lost every statewide race this cycle and dropped seats in the Legislature — can “reimagine itself” following his departure.

“I’m a big believer that at the end of the day, parties do listen to voters,” Baker said. “The voters of this country sent a big message on Election Day about what they want and don’t want. They sent one here, too, and I think it’s really important for people to hear the voters. Hearing the voters and adjusting to them is the only way you maintain your relevance.”

When one caller who praised the governor’s popularity asked whether he thought about launching a presidential bid in 2024, Baker repeated what has become a common refrain: he plans to be involved somehow, but probably not on the ballot. “My wife is really looking forward to having me around a little more, so I don’t think I’ll be a candidate in ’24 for anything. I will certainly try to be involved in a positive way,” Baker said.



  1. MortisMaximus

    December 11, 2022 at 1:44 am

    It’s the machines you big dummy! Ask Dr. Shiva.

  2. Don’tlikeMaura

    December 11, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Baker is going out as a RINO. May come back as a democrat. No big loss but I really fear the incoming.

  3. Ken Masson

    December 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    The two dummies above that are too afraid to post under their own names prove the Republican Party is dead in Massachusetts. Our state and this country do not want fascist losers as our leaders as the last two elections have proven. Keep on nominating loses and you’ll keep on losing. Even the polls validated the Massachusetts results so don’t be poor losers MAGAt’s.

    • MortisMaximus

      December 11, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      Only fascists I see are democrats. Look at the actions of the democrats. Russian Collusion hoax, phony impeachment hoax, antifa riots, Hunter Biden and The Big Guy Crimes, Twitter fraud in Collusion with government entities, Nationwide Election Fraud. Ken is a total loser and a fraud. I’ve offered Ken my # to call me but he hasn’t asked.

      • Ken Masson

        December 11, 2022 at 11:17 pm

        Wow you’re delusional. Also easily triggered. I don’t want your phone number how come you’re afraid to use your real name You’re embarrassed about what you believe? I think people are going to think differently of you? You act like a total ignorant fool on the internet so it’s no wonder you don’t use your real name. I’m not the one taking my orders from QAnon and MAGA cult. Yep so weak minded you ball away fascist cult and don’t even realize it. Again we reject fascism here and if you don’t like Massachusetts move fool. I think you’re just a troll in your mother’s basement.

        So when you going to realize you back are losing ideology when your side is lost the presidency, the Senate twice and the Massachusetts State House. What do they say when you keep on making the same mistake over and over again?

  4. MortisMaximus

    December 12, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Ukraine money laundering operation, FTX Crypto Exchange money laundering operation to Democrat and Rino operatives, stolen 2022 midterm elections, January 6th phony show hearings with Liz “War Machine” Cheney who is now finished as a Wyoming Rep. Ray Epps one of many deep State operatives who incited a very small group of January 6th protesters. Ken you and the UniParty are buried up to your necks in shit. If you think I’m the one that’s delusional then we have a serious case of cognitive dissonance going in inside your tiny brain, but hey I get it you’re programmed by Barry Obamas propaganda operation called JoeBama the geriatric decline of America’s leadership through fraudulent elections. The Big Lie, Lois Lerner, Christopher Wray, the 51 former “Intelligence” Chiefs and their letter calling the Hunter Biden Laptop Russian Dis-info, the list is endless. History is on the side of the “conspiracy theorist” Alex Emmerick Jones”. The New World Order through the WEF, Federal Reserve Bank, the U.N., the International Monetary Fund, the Queens (now the Kings) Privy Council, the British Administrative State, and even the hospice of the Infamous Vlad Dragool, (descendant of King Charles) will never stop a free people with a Bill of Rights granted to them by their creator. A tiny percentage of colonists fought off and beat the strongest military of the time, The British Empire, because man has a duty to God to battle tyrants and tyranny. Sic Semper Tyrannus. The Globalist satanic cabal made mostly of progressive democrats will fall just like the British Aristocracy did. America will remain a shining beacon on a hill because we reject your bondage and we reject your father lucifer. Argue all of these points away without gaslighting the truth. You lose! The NWO loses! Socialism loses! God wins! We the People Win!!!

    • Ken Masson

      December 12, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      So how long have you been having these delusions??? Don’t you wish we finance mental health better in this country so you can get help? So have you always been sucker for conspiracies? So tell me where do you get all this bullshit from? QAnon?

      • MortisMaximus

        December 12, 2022 at 3:49 pm

        What a sad joke you are Messianic one. You can’t answer for The fraud. We get the usual response. Must be the Russians again. Zelenski is the new Savior of the left. A fascist pig funneling Americans tax dollars into the pockets of the Bidens, the Romneys, the Pelosis. What a bunch of scum you worship. You’re an idiot and a loser. You are also obviously brain dead…

        • Ken Masson

          December 13, 2022 at 7:27 am

          I’m not the idiot believing in unprovable conspiracy bullshit. That would be MoronMaximus! So did you march with those neo Nazis the other day?

          • MortisMaximus

            December 13, 2022 at 9:35 am

            I was busy with your mother!

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