Will Joe Biden endorse Charlie Baker now?
Unlikely. We are talking about the Republican gubernatorial primary, and a Democratic president’s endorsement of a Republican governor, even if it is a RINO, would do more harm than good.
Biden is a disaster of a president who has slumped so much in the polls that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker may have to back him.
Additionally, there are already three Democrats running for governor, with the possibility of Attorney General Maura Healey becoming the fourth. And at this time, it is not known if Baker will even seek a third term.
If he does, conservative Republican Geoff Diehl, 52, who was backed by Donald Trump on Monday, will be waiting to defeat him in the Republican primary. If Baker doesn’t run, Diehl has a path to the Republican nomination for governor.
Diehl was co-chair of Trump’s re-election campaign in Massachusetts.
The support of the former president is no small thing. That’s because we are talking about a Republican primary and not a November general election. You will help Diehl raise funds.
There are only 469,000 registered Republicans in Massachusetts, the majority of whom likely voted for Trump in the last election.
While Biden easily defeated Trump in the state, 60.6% to Trump’s 32.1%, Trump amassed 1,167,202 votes. Biden scored 2,382,202.
Diehl will not get a majority of those votes from Trump in a Republican primary. But if he can get enough support from voters unhappy with Biden’s turn to socialism, along with a large chunk of Republicans, he has a chance.
Diehl has shown that he can get votes across the state on his own. Although he was defeated by US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2018, he managed to get 979,507 people to vote for him in the general election. However, Warren got 1,634,213 votes.
Baker, who has been governor for eight years, remains a popular figure. The moderate / liberal CEO scores well among independents and Democrats. It is among conservative Republicans that Baker struggles.
This is partly due to the takeover of the apparatus of the Republican Party, that is, the Republican State Committee, by President Jim Lyons, a Trump enthusiast, along with a team of Trump supporters.
Lyons and the committee will control the GOP convention, which could be a great embarrassment to Baker if the convention endorses Diehl.
Baker is a longtime critic of fellow Republican Trump. He did not support Trump’s bid for the presidency in 2016, nor when he was president, nor when he sought re-election. He let people know that he didn’t vote for Trump either. So now is the time to recoup your investment.
In a typical disjointed statement from Trump, Trump called Baker a RINO “who has done nothing for the Republican Party.”
“He has totally abandoned the principles of the Republican Party, never cuts taxes and undermines our agenda,” Trump said.
“Baker is bad at crime, he disrespects our police, does nothing for our veterans, has totally screwed up the vaccine rollout, presided over the collapse of the MBTA and has seen crime hit record highs,” he said. The ex-president.
Trump’s endorsement, along with Diehl’s reaction, indicates that Trump and his policies will be an important part of Diehl’s campaign. It is a fact that will go after Baker in the launch of the vaccine, the scandalous deaths of 77 veterans at Holyoke Soldiers Home, the MBTA and a host of other problems.
But Diehl will openly campaign on Trump’s “America First” agenda, which has a lot of appeal among Republicans and conservatives who want to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants into the country.
Diehl said: “I am inspired by the agenda of President (Trump) America First, which he supported by delivering on his promises during his time in the White House.”
“Like President Trump, I want to ensure a strong economy … I want families to feel safe,” Diehl said. Like Trump, he added, “I want people to feel that the government is not working against them and that they can enjoy the individual freedoms on which our state and our country were founded.”
We are in an era of authoritarian and fascist-style Biden mandates. Now the FBI is tasked with monitoring parental behavior at local school committee meetings just like in the former Soviet Union. Be careful what you say, comrade.
A Diehl “Massachusetts First” campaign will attract a lot of people.
Peter Lucas is a veteran Massachusetts journalist and political columnist.