Up here in western Massachusetts the Berkshire County Republican Association held its annual Lincoln Day dinner on Friday. It was an upbeat occasion in a place where the Republican party is a shell of its former self. But the election of Scott Brown has rocked us all.
At the dinner we hosted three great candidates for office in the Bay State. And their victories in the Fall elections will mark a turning point for left-wing liberalism in New England.
Our keynote speaker was Charlie Baker, who is very likely to be the next governor of Massachusetts because the people of this state are extremely anxious about the future and want change. The current governor, lefty Democrat Deval Patrick, is not popular. Baker showed us in a sobering and rational speech why he is going to win in November.
His website is www.charliebaker2010.com Here is an excerpt about Baker:
He attended Harvard College and received a degree in English in 1979. Over the following five years, Charlie worked as Media Relations Director for the New England Council, and then as Corporate Communications Director for the Massachusetts High Technology Council. He decided to return to school in 1984 and earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1986.
In 1988, Baker helped start the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, an independent, nonpartisan state think tank. Baker left Pioneer in January, 1991 to join the newly elected Weld/Cellucci Administration as Undersecretary for Health in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. As Undersecretary, Charlie played pivotal roles in Medicaid reform, facility consolidation, and the expansion of a number of key public health programs. He became Secretary of Health and Human Services in the fall of 1992, and led the Administration’s efforts to enact welfare reform.
Baker became Secretary of Administration and Finance in the fall of 1994, and served in that position until September of 1998. He re-structured and simplified the state’s purchasing system, led a major effort to improve the state’s capacity to collect third party revenue, and oversaw the largest effort ever to modernize the state’s code of regulation. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Governor’s Association in 1998.
Baker became CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) in the fall of 1998, and was soon recruited by Harvard Vanguard’s parent – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care – to serve as its CEO in May, 1999. Baker led a major turnaround at HPHC, which included a $220 million year-to-year improvement in financial performance from 1999 to 2000, and the amicable separation of HPHC and HVMA. Under Baker’s tenure, HPHC went on to become the highest ranked health plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness for five years running, and was named a Boston Business Journal “Best Places To Work” for seven straight years. (end of excerpt)
Wow… Real world experience! That is what we need. His speech to BCRA was one of the most common-sense talks you can imagine. He described the massive spending and debt that the 90% Massachusetts Democrat legislature has foisted on the state with, for example, future pension liabilities for unionized state employees of $33 billion(!)
He warned about the business-hostile climate in Massachusetts, and his words are resonating in speeches that he is giving across the state. Because those of us up here in formerly Deep Blue Massachusetts can no longer bob like corks atop the waves of prosperity of the post-World War II boom.
Baker has a clear, logical approach to fighting corruption and debt spending in the same manner that Chris Christie is doing it in New Jersey, and the same way that Rudy Giuliani did in New York City starting in 1994. Because strong leadership can turn things around even with Democrat majorities in the legislature.
Baker could well have at his side another of our Lincoln Day speakers, Mary Connaughton, who is running for state auditor. Normally you don’t think much about such a post, but today, with fiscal crises mounting all over, Connaughton is the type of person we need in Boston. She is just another honest Republican who is willing to confront Democrat corruption.
Connaughton was trained at Ernst & Young, has acted as chief financial officer of the Massachusetts Lottery and was a toll payer’s advocate on the Mass Turnpike Board. In that last position, she was known as a whistleblower who exposed some of the backroom deals that the Democrats were cooking up, and was described as a thorn in the side of the bureaucracy.
According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, “If board member Mary Z. Connaughton of Framingham had not raised questions about the calculations (that resulted in the firing of a Turnpike consulting firm), the $6 million gaffe might have gone unremarked upon.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine when she is elected auditor…
Running for state representative and speaking at the dinner is a guy that we all can trust. Mike Case, from the tiny rural town of Washington here in Berkshire County, is a clear-thinking, well-spoken candidate who already has induced the Democrat incumbent to quit. Go Mike!
Mike is a US military veteran, served in Iraq, is a former police officer and is honest as the day is long. His campaign website is still under construction though. Mike plans to go to Boston and start the job of cleaning up the mess that the Democrats have been creating over the last 50 years, with the last three Democrat speakers of the Massachusetts House convicted on various charges.
These great candidates are exposing the corrupt left-wing socialism that is endangering us all, and showing that the only response is sound, honest Republican/conservative fiscal policies. Charlie Baker, Mary Connaughton and Mike Case are a good start for Massachusetts.
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