During a radio appearance on Tuesday, 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) “dodged questions…about whether he would run for governor again in 2014, but sounded a lot like a candidate as he used a radio interview to talk up his management skills.” Baker: “I’m never going to be the great speechifier. But if you need to get something done that is complicated and difficult, I’m as good a guy as anyone at that.”
Baker “indicated he would reveal his plans sometime around Labor Day, but was coy about the exact timing of his announcement.” Baker: “I may even slip it till after Labor Day, who knows?”
He also responded to a swipe that former Sen. Scott Brown (R) took at him last week when announcing he wouldn’t run for governor. Discussing Baker’s potential candidacy, Brown said: “Is he Mr. Personality? No. Everyone knows that. He’s not.” Asked about those comments Tuesday, Baker said: “The good news is that I’ve got no place to go but up.”(Boston Globe)
Baker’s announcement will likely clear the field of any other serious GOP contenders, while Democrats are expected to have a crowded primary fight.
RALLY FOR WOLF: “A group of Democratic activists from Cape Cod is planning to stage a rally in support of” state Sen. Dan Wolf (D), “who has been forced by the State Ethics Commission to either resign his Senate seat or divest his interest in Cape Air, the company he founded. Wolf has already suspended his run for governor and has said he plans to resign from his Senate seat on Thursday, if the Ethics Commission does not reverse its finding.” The pro-Wolf activists “are promising to bring ‘busloads’ of Wolf supporters from the Cape to the State House steps on Thursday at noon, and then march to the offices of the State Ethics Commission nearby.” (Boston Globe)
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