- Famous Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will not run for re-election in 2022.
- The two Republican candidates vying to replace him – Jeff Dale and Chris Dottie – are significantly behind Democratic candidate Maura Healey in the early polls.
- However, neither men were dissuaded, and both spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation to discuss why they are best for the state and how they plan to maintain GOP control over the Massachusetts governor’s office.
Despite having a popular outgoing Republican governor, Massachusetts Republicans face an uphill battle to replace him with another governor, two candidates believe they are up to the task.
Governor Charlie Baker’s approval rating of 69% places him in a triple tie for the country’s most popular governor, to me Morning Consult, but announced in December that he would not run for a third term to focus instead on getting Massachusetts’ economy out of the pandemic, NPR mentioned in time. Although both potential Republican replacements – a former state representative and US Senate candidate Jeff Diehl Politician and businessman Chris Dottie Democratic candidate and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is trailing by about 30 points in Suffolk last voteboth told the Daily Caller News that they are not afraid of a challenge and that it is extremely important for my Republican to end up driving at the state house in November.
The Massachusetts legislature is among the most liberal in the country, as is the judiciary, and Maura Healey will be one of the most liberal governors in the country,” Dottie told DCNF. “Without a conservative scrutiny in the governor’s office, this would be San Francisco on steroids.”
“She’s a big government theorist who wants to take away the freedoms on which our country is built,” Diehl told DCNF.
Healy has sued the Trump administration nearly 100 times as attorney general and accused of focusing on the national culture wars rather than serving as a government employee for Massachusetts residents, to me WGBH, Boston’s local NPR channel.
Republican attorney Dan Shores said that each time Healy participated in these “politically motivated lawsuits,” he meant “another drug dealer being released, another government employee committing an act of corruption or a high-ranking official who has been deceived,” the branch NPR in the Boston area, mentioned.
we Attorney Andrew Lelling and the left-leaning Boston Globe editorial staff also criticized Haley for not prosecuting government corruption insufficiently in the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic government, because he has not brought charges against an elected state official, according to the WGBH.
The Healey campaign did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment.
While Dottie and Diehl both agree that Governor Healy would cause disaster for Massachusetts, they disagree about which man would do it.
Donald Trump-allied Diehl appears to be the frontrunner at the moment, with a vote A run in late June showed it was up 52% versus Dowty’s 16% among Republicans, although the numbers are six weeks old and Dottie says his campaign has upped things since then.
Diehl has far more political experience than Doughty. He took the position as state representative in 2010, and while unsuccessful, in 2018 he challenged Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate. He says the experience helped him “build a really strong team across the state, and even though I didn’t beat Warren, I actually got more votes than the Democratic nominee for governor in that cycle.”
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Diehl grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to his wife’s hometown of Whitman, Massachusetts, where they own a small performing arts business. Dell’s supporters believe that this credential in both private and government companies makes him the best choice for the governor.
“Uniquely in this race, Jeff has experience in the private and public sectors that allows him to understand how different pieces of the puzzle fit together,” Diehl campaign manager Amanda Orlando told DCNF.
Diehl’s stature as a small business owner also gave him a unique perspective on how COVID-19 restrictions were affecting business owners, eventually leading him to announce his candidacy last summer even before Baker made clear he would not seek re-election.
The pandemic has exposed his administration for following too many Democrats’ playbook; “We had to wait for an arbitrary reopening, and the kids didn’t go back to school,” Diehl told DCNF, adding that “on the first day, we’d bring back any government employee who lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates, and on the second day, we’d fire anyone who thought it was a good idea.” “.
Defying Baker – Trump’s Republican enemy – helped Diehl get the endorsement of the former president, Diehl’s campaign consists of former Trump sponsors, most notably Corey Lewandowski, who ran parts of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Diehl told DCNF that Diehl’s campaign will kick off this week for another staunch Trump ally, Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, to attend a fundraising event.
But Dottie believes that these Trump ties make Diehl unelectable in New England. “He runs the Alabama campaign in Massachusetts,” Dottie told DCNF. While evidence suggests that Trump is popular in the Massachusetts Republican Party, Republicans make up a small percentage of the state’s registered voters, and the former president lost Massachusetts in 2020 by a margin of 2 to 1, according to WBUR.
Wrentham-based businessman and political newcomer believes that when Dell plays the heated culture wars, his pragmatism and business acumen make him a good fit for Massachusetts.
“I will run the country like I run my business. I will be very careful with the money — we overspend and overspend in Massachusetts and that makes us uncompetitive,” he told DCNF, repeatedly asserting that his cut as a ‘financial conservative’ outdid Diehl’s.
Diehl voted for more spending in the state legislature than our Democratic governor [Deval Patrick] Doughty told DCNF.
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Doughty also promises to make concessions with the Democrats, sticking to a “united world view”, to me WBUR, which drew comparisons with other moderate Republicans who have succeeded in Massachusetts in the past such as Baker and Mitt Romney.
“I’m not here to say bad things about other people or other parties,” Dottie told WBUR.
But without recognizing Baker’s name, many critics question Dottie’s ability to succeed in the Massachusetts Republican primary when most of the state’s Republican voters are allied with the pro-Trump wing of the party, to me WBUR.
“Passing a camel through the eye of a needle may be easier than getting a mediocre score through the Republican primary” in Massachusetts today, Eric Fernstrom, a longtime Republican consultant, told WBUR. (Related: ‘Revenge’: GOP candidate launches unorthodox line of attack to eliminate Dim seat)
As they each face their own challenges — Doughty spot on in the primaries and Diehl in the general election — both men see national political trends and a potential “red wave” playing in their favour. President Joe Biden’s preference in Massachusetts has steadily fallen to about 41%, while disapproval is 48% according to the Suffolk poll, which included 600 Massachusetts residents between July 20 and 23 and had a 4.5% margin of error.
Diehl noted, “Youngkin’s situation, where even in blue states or purple states, you’re starting to see this centrist—including 57% of Massachusetts’ unregistered voters—looking at the country and saying, ‘You know?’ The Democrats didn’t do that for us.”
For his part, Doughty told DCNF that “Jeff and I are pretty much tied behind Maura, but what’s happened in the past in Massachusetts is that Republicans are catching up three or four weeks before the general election — and that’s when we started getting attention and interest from voters.” .
It remains to be seen if the Republican can pose a real challenge to Haley in November, but the next step is the party’s September 6 primaries.
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