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Eating Our Own ~ By Jeff Katz

By: Jeff Katz – April, 2016

photo: Tom Duggan

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker – Photo: Tom Duggan

I’m proud to say that Charlie Baker is my governor and my neighbor.

I served with him as fellow elected members of Swampscott Town Meeting and on the Swampscott Republican Town Committee. I don’t think I’ve ever met an elected official so focused on true public service. An exceptional man of unquestionable character working overtime to try and bring the Commonwealth back from eight years of grossly incompetent management perpetrated by a race baiting political bottom feeder in the Corner Office.

Great strides have already been made by Governor Baker and his team. He’s addressed the decades of mismanagement and hack stacking throughout the state’s ranks. He’s worked tirelessly to ensure that the welfare system is not abused. He continues to direct his managers to provide services in a professional way with the highest degree of professionalism, while at the same time reminding them that the taxpayers are paying the bills and there must be respect shown for the people’s checkbook.

Given the accomplishments of Team Baker, I’m puzzled by the assembling of the circular firing squad among some in the Massachusetts Republican ranks. I hear the knocks on Charlie and some are quite correct. He’s not a social conservative is one criticism that I don’t think anyone, including the Governor, would quibble with. He’s long been a supporter of same sex marriage and frankly, I did not always agree with him on that. Now that my perspective on the issue matches his, I don’t see that as any great problem. He and I disagree on the abortion question, as well. But what I have learned through the years is that you need to apply the marriage rule to all relationships and issues. I’ve been married almost seventeen years. I love my wife. I’ve watched her give birth to three beautiful children. I’d gladly step in front of an oncoming bus to save her life but she and I do not agree on one hundred percent of things one hundred percent of the time.

So, how anyone can think that they’d agree with a political leader all the time is beyond me.
There seems to be a litany of catcalls now accusing Charlie of being a RINO. Outrageous claims that he’s looking to stack the Massachusetts GOP with blindly loyal acolytes and sycophants.

There’s no question that Governor Baker wants to help elect the strongest party leaders possible.

There are a lot of slots and on some nominees you’ll find yourself agreeing with his choice and on some, well, your mileage may vary. That’s just the way it is when there’s more than one person involved in any operation. As to the RINO charge, I just don’t buy it. Your views may very well be different than Charlie’s on certain issues. It no more makes him a faux Republican than your views provide you with the power to administer the official GOP litmus test.

I, for one, continue to proudly stand with my friend, neighbor and Governor…Charlie Baker.

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is a former police officer, former talk show host on Talk1200AM and won the Associated Press Award for Best Talk Show In Boston two years in a row. He is now an exclusive columnist for The Valley Patriot. You can email him at jeffkatzshow@aol.com

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2 Responses to Eating Our Own ~ By Jeff Katz

  1. Jack Reply

    April 20, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Jeff, just read Barbara Andersons’ last column. That’s all some need to know. He made a promise and has yet to act on it. He’s no different than all the others then.We, those that do the bulk of the work, are tired of being used and abused for election year politics. We are tired of being told one thing only to find out another. This has been happening since Bill Weld. people are tired and fed up. See: Trump / Sanders insurgence for proof

  2. Richard Gindes Reply

    April 22, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    “There will be no memorial service but if anyone wants to honor my memory, please remind Gov. Charlie Baker that when he was running for office, he promised my friend Gerald Amirault and his family that getting Gerald off parole and his ankle bracelet would be a first order of business. So far he has broken his promise, and keeping it is my dying wish.”

    @Jack,
    This is Barbara’s last column and her mention of Charlie Baker’s (so far) un-kept promise. First of all this is NOT a political issue, it is a criminal justice matter that the Governor has little direct influence on, he can set the wheels in motion and try to sway the decision wherever possible, but this not an executive decision. To judge the Governor harshly on this issue is firstly pre-mature, secondly misguided and finally NOT POLITICAL and has no bearing on how he has and will serve the citizens of MA. I fully agree with Mr. Katz, many people are single issue voters or have a very narrow view or impression of what they think the Governor’s priorities should be. Judging him harshly because his priorities are different from yours is simply childish and short sighted. Get the BIG PICTURE, Charlie Baker is FAR better for the Commonwealth than the continuation of Deval Patrick’s spend-thrift legacy under another democrat Governor…

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