Meet Charlie Baker: The Man Destined to Become Our Next Governor

IN WORCESTER HE COULDN’T wait to wrap things up. Here, he keeps calling for “one last question,” and then taking another one. There’s no cheerleading to be done here, no babies to kiss or reporters to hassle with. It’s just Charlie Baker and his ideas for making government work. He’s come alive. And he’s got them howling.

Baker at last takes his final question, and then launches himself into the crowd, eagerly shaking hands. He’s glowing. Then a staffer in a corner starts in with Charlie! Charlie! The room picks up the call. As Charlie Baker looks around him, an embarrassed smile spreads across his face.

  • dina

    I happened to be near Worcester City Hall when Baker made stop, and it was clearly a press conference opp to get his message out;staged, yes, but considering he did not announce it ahead of time, per folks I talked to, not surprising there was no crowd. Never people in courtyard until summer!

  • M

    The author seems too harsh in the first part of the article, but then he gets it right toward the end. True, Charlie’s not great at giving sound bite answers to complex questions and delivering applause lines, but these superficial qualities shouldn’t be held against him at a time when we need someone with executive skills at the helm. That said, I do agree with the author on two things– 1. the most salient criticism of Patrick is that he is not in the game (seems more interested in his book deal than the job), and 2. Charlie is not and should not try to be Scott Brown– Charlie’s got a totally different set of assets and opponents, and comparisons of the two (such as Howie Carr often makes) are pointless.

  • shaun baran

    He is a republican moron, who would deny children food stamps to get the Koch’s Money. He will never be our Governor, no way no how. We can’t afford him, nor can our children afford a selfish Millionaire, with his smug grin. He lost like five times. Please go away, Mr. Managed Care No one want’s you, or your Managed Care straitjacket.