The argument below is excerpted from a longer piece that appears today in the MetroWest Daily News. It's quite familiar to the thumbnail pitch I made for him way back in the beginning of July 2009 - which is of course no coincidence. Charlie is not one of those candidates who "evolve" over the course of a campaign, changing focus and bending positions to accommodate a fickle electorate and media. His closing argument is the same as his opening one.
When Charlie Baker first entered the gubernatorial race last year, he focused on three leading issues: jobs, taxes and government spending. Ask Charlie Baker today what this race is about and he will tell you: jobs, taxes, and government spending.
Given the amount of effort and money spent by Baker's opponents to change the subject, his focus is remarkable. Of course it helps that Baker's issues are also in the forefront of voters' minds.
For all the blame assigned by the incumbent Governor to the "global economic crisis," the seeds of our own budget problems here in Massachusetts were planted locally, at the nexus of excessive taxation, runaway spending, and the impact of both on jobs and the economy. As Baker notes frequently, the operating model of state government is broken and the Patrick Administration has failed to fix it. Consequently, the Commonwealth is staring at an estimated $2.5 billion structural budget deficit.
Baker is uniquely qualified to take the reins of government at this crucial time. His resume reads like a deliberate amalgam of ideal experiences for a state chief executive: high-level, substantive roles in both state and local government, combined with an enormously impressive track record in the private sector, where as CEO Baker took Harvard Pilgrim from the brink of bankruptcy to the highest ranked health plan in the nation.
If the past four years have taught us anything, it is that in a time of uncertainty and crisis Massachusetts needs a competent and decisive CEO, not a motivational speaker...
We are fortunate that a candidate with Charlie Baker's unparalleled experience, leadership ability and political courage has stepped forward and requested the opportunity to tackle the Commonwealth's vexing economic problems. Baker will reduce spending, reform government and spur job creation - without reaching again for our wallets.The whole thing is here.
Meanwhile, my daughter makes the case her own way - emphatically.
Charlie Baker is exactly what the Commonwealth needs. He is going to be a fantastic Governor. Get out there on Tuesday and vote for Charlie Baker.