If Democrats in this state are serious about taking back the corner office, they have to figure out a way to scratch Charlie Baker’s Teflon coating.
There have been a number of instances of scandal and mismanagement in the past 4 years, yet none of them are even close to being Charlie’s fault. The latest – the preponderance of state troopers with no-show shifts – is the perfect example of this. But I don’t see any articles on BMG about this.
Baker comes out and talks tough – “I’d take away their pensions if I could”, and he somehow makes people believe that this scandal is not about him at all. He’s just the lone Republican in the corner office, and somehow, gross mismanagement in a department that is in the executive branch becomes the problem of the legislature and “the government”. Not his problem, even though it occurred under his administration. As long as he promises to fix it, he gets a pass on allowing it to happen in the first place.
Same goes for the MBTA. He appoints a Control Board over the MBTA consisting of “his guys”. They can’t fix the problem. Baker pays zero price. The state botches a rollout of vehicle inspection program, “not Charlie’s problem”.
When you run as the “fixit guy” for the state, then when you fail to fix things, that’s a problem, right?
Deval Patrick took a huge hit in capital just because of a Cadillac. Meanwhile, I can’t even find a reference to what kind of vehicle Charlie drives, but I bet it cost more than $46k.