Moments after Charlie Baker announced he was running as a team with Karyn Polito the Massachusetts Democratic Party furiously tweeted out a link to the following press release:
BOSTON – While Republican Charlie Baker attempts to reinvent himself following his failed 2010 gubernatorial campaign, the Boston Globe yesterday revealed Baker is cooperating with Tea Party backed Karyn Polito “behind the scenes” about teaming up to form the Republican Party ticket.
“In spite of what he’s saying, he is the same Charlie Baker who ran in 2010,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Tom McGee. “Charlie is crisscrossing the Commonwealth trying to reshape his image but privately he is trying to appease the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.”
Polito, who has become a fixture at Tea Party events in Massachusetts, was given an award in August by Tea Party extremist and former Republican Congressman Allen West. The event, billed as a “passing of the torch” from West to Polito, included remarks from the former Congressman who once compared President Obama to Hitler and called the Democratic Party a “21st Century plantation.”
While Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly support marriage equality, Polito supported banning gay marriage and even served as campaign chair for Tea Party favorite Michael Sullivan’s bid for the Republican nomination to fill John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat.
The “Tea Party” event in question was put on by the Hausman Memorial Free Speech Speaker Series, a Jewish lecture series held at the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton.
Seemingly the Democratic Party in Massachsuetts hates free speech. Of course Karyn Polito has also hob-nobbed with Sarah Palin in Boston, but two women talking doesn’t really have the same sizzle does it?