As Adam Reilly has pointed out, there’s a marked contrast between the websites of Republican candidates for Governor Christy Mihos and Charlie Baker. Since news of Kennedy’s death broke, Mihos’s regular campaign website has been replaced by a message of condolence to the Kennedy family. Baker’s, on the other hand, still plays that same dreadful video that went up when the campaign launched several weeks ago. (Can they at least turn off the auto-play??)
Thinking that, perhaps, Baker had at least twittered something Kennedy-related, I checked out the campaign’s Twitter page. Nothing. The only twit posted after news of Kennedy’s death broke early Wednesday morning reports that Baker is in Ohio watching his son start college. [Update, 6:15 pm: There is now a twit referring to the Facebook note discussed below, though there’s no link.]
I can’t see what’s on Baker’s Facebook page, since we’re not Facebook friends. (Note to Baker campaign staff: if you’re planning to use Facebook as a campaign tool, set the privacy settings so that anyone can see the page.) But there’s nothing on the group page.
no one who spent time in state government or in health care in Massachusetts over the past 40 years could have avoided him completely. He was an enormous part of the policy fabric for almost half a century.
As a result, I have two stories about him that I think do a pretty good job of illustrating his operating style and his influence…. [The two stories follow.]
The personal touch he brought to politics and to policy making – played out during the many many years he served in the U.S. Senate – really did make a difference – to his colleagues and his constituents. And whether one agreed with Kennedy’s agenda or not, his personal enthusiasm for the task at hand clearly represented one of the key factors to his success.
Whomever wins the run-off election has some big shoes to fill.
It’s not like Republicans around the country and here in MA have had nothing to say about Ted Kennedy. And especially around here, you’d think that a Republican running for the state’s highest office would at least say something nice about all that Kennedy did for Massachusetts — whether you liked his politics or not, you can’t pretend that he didn’t work hard for his constituents.
Nothing, Charlie? Really? [Update: as noted above, Baker posted a Facebook note.]