Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker shows that the Republicans can survive in the deep blue States.
Charlie Baker is an anomaly: A Republican Governor in a deep blue state, a favorite for re-election in a cycle in favor of Democrats, and a popular GOP figure in a region where President Trump has laps, no rock.
However, the Governor of Massachusetts, shows that the Republicans can survive and thrive in Democratic strongholds, which, in part, by a moderate carving agenda, and studiously the national political circus avoid.
“Governor Baker is widely and correctly perceived as a steady, competent management of the state Affairs, and, by nature, one of the most polarizing figures in politics,” said Bill Nancarrow, a Professor of history at Curry College in Milton, Mass.
By one measure, Baker is the most popular Governor in the country-with Morning Consult rankings show, the Baker, who enjoy the support of two-thirds of state residents. His popularity has held, is remarkable. The incumbent won in 2014 in the midst of a Republican wave, but his re-election bid comes as trump doesn’t even have the support of a third of Massachusetts voters.
“If the state is running effectively, the voters are not worry about President Trump, as he is not running the state,” said Nancarrow, who will teach the course “America Divided: The 2018 Midterm elections.”
‘If the Status is” running, effectively, the voters are not worry about President Trump.’
– Bill Nancarrow, professor at Curry College
Baker, running with Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito, both Democrats, as competition in the September primary by double-digits, according to a WBUR poll this month.
“Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito are grateful for the support of Republicans, Democrats and independents from across the commonwealth who believe, in their bipartisan record of delivering results for the people of Massachusetts, of nationally recognized efforts to make the fight against the opioid crisis, the state government, more responsibility and efficiently and hold the line against tax increases,” Baker, ” campaign spokesman Terry MacCormack told Fox News.
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Baker in front of some challenges, however.
A primary conservative Challenger, the Rev. Scott Lively, won nearly 28 percent of the delegates to the Republican state convention in April—well above the minimum of 15 percent is necessary in order for the ballot access for the September. 4 primary.
Lively, who ran as an independent in 2014, running as a pro-Trump is the candidate against a Governor who does not support the President in 2016. He calls Baker a “RINO”, a common pejorative acronym for ” Republican in name only. Alive, the Massachusetts GOP for $has sued 7 million, accusing the party of rules a violation of his neutrality in the primary school. He amended the complaint on June 11, the focus is on the allegation of conspiracy.
This RINO accusations nominal damage it can do. Baker is slightly more popular among independents and even Democrats than with the Republicans.
And the Governor is clearly aware of how Trump management policy could reflect on his own. This week, he’s National Guard deployment at the border in the middle of the game room on the Trump administration has cancelled the policy, the separation of the illegal immigrant families (the Trump has reversed since then).
The democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez, Secretary of administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick, has made a fool of, the Governor on the dynamics, by the President-in-office.
“Baker is hiding behind the chaos Trump created. He hopes that we lower our expectations and just grateful not to be, he is crazy, like our President,” Gonzalez told the Democratic state convention delegates earlier this month. “Well, Charlie, you can’t hide from us. We pull back the curtain on the broken line. We expect more from our Governor. To be not crazy, is not good enough.”
Gonzalez won the party’s support at the Convention, account for 70 per cent of the delegates to rival Bob Massie 30 percent, ensuring a Democratic primary.
Baker’s campaign finance form, made public this month, said his campaign is ready to spend up to $9 million in the primary against the Living, the, agreed upon, such as Gonzalez and Massie, the state will spend $ 1.5 million primary cap access to $750,000 in public financing. Baker has allegedly $ 8 million on hand, and revived of $13,000.
On the Democratic side, Gonzalez is over $172,000 in the bank, while environmental activist Massie has over $24,000.
In relation to the services, the Baker campaign points to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit, the monitoring of the reforms of the state’s public transport system for greater efficiency and propose bills to cut the sales tax and rein in state social benefits. His plan to combat opioid abuse, it was abuse to be a national model, and Baker also participated in the President of the Commission to fight opioid.
Similar to previous Massachusetts Republican governors like Bill weld and Mitt Romney, Baker is more liberal on social issues.
He supports the right to abortion and same-sex marriage, and the beginning of this year, several democratic governors joined in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico to push gun control. Baker also appealed against trump at the exit of the Paris climate Treaty. This angered some on the right, as a conservative group, called the Massachusetts Republican Assembly”, whose members signed a “Declaration of independence” from the bakery.
However, it is highly unlikely that this will have an impact on his re-election bid, said Joshua Dyck, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
“He acts more like a Republican to a reduction in the budget and tax cuts,” Dyck told Fox News. “He was mostly silent on Trump very controversial topics. I don’t think he is concerned about Scott Lively. He is loved in this state. It’s a walk in the primary and in November.”
Fred Lucas is the White house correspondent for the Daily Signal.