Baker’s Cabinet Choices Reflects His Management Philosophy

A recent Boston Globe article posits that a few conservatives within the Massachusetts Republican Party have expressed serious concerns over some of the cabinet appointments being made by Governor Charlie Baker.

“We are bracing ourselves,” said Mark Fisher, the GOP’s Tea Party gubernatorial candidate who was crushed in his primary challenge against Baker.

“Charlie said he wasn’t going to raise taxes and fees. Now he’s got some Democrats in the Cabinet,” said Fisher, the former gubernatorial candidate. “The question I hear from conservative Republicans, is he going to raise taxes?”

The Globe also cited this blog as proof that Bay State conservatives are upset with some of Baker’s choices:

“Baker AGAIN forsakes his party” was the headline on the conservative RedMass group website on Jan. 16, the day after Baker appointed a Democrat to fill the seat vacated by Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter.

“Shame, Charlie, Shame,” said the anonymous blog that was posted by Rob Eno, publisher of the website that promotes the GOP.

Count me as unimpressed. Baker repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he would have an array of ideological voices to guide his administration & he’s kept his word. Given the paucity of GOP talent, Baker’s appointment of experienced moderate or left-of-center individuals to manage certain departments makes sense.

The man prides himself on his non-ideological management skills & that’s how I’ll judge him (with the MBTA management crisis being his first test). I suspect most voters in Massachusetts will judge him in the same way.

Conservatives should continue to respectfully press their issues with Baker while being mindful that, since he isn’t going to change things (he accepts the Democrat paradigm but not the status quo left behind by former Governor Deval Patrick), they must mentor candidates for future offices who will be the true change agents of the GOP.

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  • …is Mark Fisher’s continuing relevance. For a guy whose 15 minutes were supposed to be up when he “lost” at the GOP convention almost a year ago, he still keeps popping up.  It’s nice to see him giving voice to the frustrations of Republicans.

  • Joshua Norman

    I find it amusing that the The Boston Globe included this quote in their article “”Shame, Charlie, Shame,” said the anonymous blog that was posted by Rob Eno, publisher of the website that promotes the GOP.”

    I find it most amusing considering that Rob Eno used the RedMassGroup blog as a vehicle to promote Charlie Baker’s gubernatorial bid.  Someone should have reminded him that the same people that backed Kirsten Hughes’s bid for MA-GOP Chair were the same Political Insider Group that backed Gabe Gomez for Senate, Greg Bunn for State Rep and Charlie Baker for Governor.  


    Some Bay State Republicans – banking on Gov. Charlie Baker’s reputation as a turnaround king – are grumbling about what they feel are early missteps when it comes to resuscitating the consistently sickly Massachusetts GOP.

    “It’s not like we haven’t had a Republican governor in 40 years. There were a bunch of people in junior positions under Romney,” said one GOP operative.

    “His administration has so few Republicans in it. It’s almost as though he went out of his way to keep them out.”