Baker, Biden, Trump and Diehl are all on a political dance card
Will Joe Biden now endorse Charlie Baker?
is unlikely. We’re talking about Republican primaries for governor, and the Democratic president’s endorsement of a Republican governor – even if it’s Reno – would do more harm than good.
Biden is a train wreck for a president who has landed so far in polls that Republican Governor Charlie Baker may have to endorse him.
Besides, there are already three Democrats vying for the governor’s position, with Attorney General Maura Healey possibly becoming the fourth. Currently, it is not known if Baker will even seek a third term.
If he does, conservative Republican Jeff Diehl, 52, who was endorsed by Donald Trump on Monday, will wait to be expelled in the GOP primaries. If Baker does not run, Diehl will have a path to the Republican nomination for governor.
Dale was co-chair of Trump’s re-election campaign in Massachusetts.
The endorsement of the former president is not easy. That’s because it’s a Republican primary we’re talking about, not a general election in November. Diehl will help raise the money.
There are only 469,000 registered Republicans in Massachusetts, most of whom may have voted for Trump in the last election.
While Biden easily defeated Trump in the state, 60.6% to Trump’s 32.1%, Trump has already received 1167,202 votes. Biden got 238,2202.
Diehl won’t get most of Trump’s votes in the Republican primary. But if he can garner enough support from voters disenchanted with Biden’s drive toward socialism, along with a large swath of Republicans, he has a chance.
Diehl showed that he could get votes statewide on his own. While he was defeated by Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2018, he had 979,507 people to vote for in the general election. However, Warren received 1,634213 votes.
Baker, who spent eight years as governor, remains a popular figure. The moderate/liberal CEO does well with independents and Democrats. It’s among the conservative Republicans where Baker is in trouble.
This is partly due to the seizure of the Republican Party apparatus – the Republican State Committee – by President Jim Lyons, Trump enthusiasts, along with a team of Trump supporters.
Lyons and the committee will control the Republican convention, which could be a huge embarrassment for Baker if the convention endorses Dell.
Baker is a longtime critic of fellow Republican Trump. He did not endorse Trump for president in 2016, when he was president, or when he sought reelection. He told people he didn’t vote for Trump either. So now it’s time to recover.
In a typical, disjointed statement of Trump, Trump described Baker as Reno “who did nothing for the Republican Party.”
“He has completely abandoned the principles of the Republican Party, has never cut taxes and is undermining our agenda,” Trump said.
“Baker is bad about crime, disrespects our police, does nothing for our veterans, totally screwed up the vaccination process, oversaw the MBTA’s collapse, and saw crime skyrocket to record levels,” the former president said.
Trump’s endorsement, along with Diehl’s reaction, indicates that Trump and his policies will be a major part of Dell’s campaign. Admittedly, it would haunt Baker in bringing up the vaccine, the scandalous deaths of 77 veterans at Holyoke House of Soldiers, MBTA and a host of other issues.
But Diehl will launch a public campaign against Trump’s “America First” agenda, which has great appeal among Republicans and conservatives who want to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants into the country.
“I was inspired by the president (Trump)’s America First agenda, which he supported by keeping his promises during his time in the White House,” Diehl said.
“Like President Trump, I want to ensure a strong economy…I want families to feel safe,” Dale said. Like Trump, he added, “I want people to feel that the government is not working against them and that they can enjoy the individual liberties on which our state and our country was founded.”
We are in the fascist-like authoritarian era of Biden. Now the FBI is tasked with monitoring the behavior of parents at local school committee meetings as in the old Soviet Union. Watch what you say, comrade.
Diehl’s “Massachusetts First” campaign will attract a lot of people.
Peter Lucas is a veteran political reporter and columnist in Massachusetts.