Baker says 3d term decision ‘very complicated’
Asked why, he responds: ‘Are you serious, really?’
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER got a little prickly on Tuesday when he was pressed on where he stood in terms of deciding to seek a third term next year.
Jim Braude, one of the hosts of the Boston Public Radio show on WGBH, has a knack of keeping his monthly visits with Baker substantive but light and airy. In that vein, he segued from a question about sports betting legislation to personal politics by asking the governor how he would advise someone to bet on whether he will seek a third term.
Baker laughed heartily at the question, and came back with a quip. “I’d put in on black and red,” he said, suggesting the decision could go either way.
Braude then got more serious, saying Baker had said on a previous visit that he would talk it over with his family and make a decision after Labor Day.
So what happened? Braude asked.
“We are post -Labor Day,” Baker said. “And we’ll make a decision soon.”
Braude asked if the governor had already made his decision.
“It’s a very complicated issue, Jim, for all kinds of reasons,” Baker said, adding that he had not made his decision.
Braude asked why the decision was so complicated, and Baker responded: “Are you serious, really?”Braude said he was serious and wanted to know what Baker was grappling with.
“There are lots of considerations to go into a decision like this, some are professional and some are personal,” Baker said. “Anybody who makes a decision about something like this without thinking really hard about it isn’t doing themselves or their families or the communities they want to serve any favors. You’re signing up for something that is hugely important if you decide to do it, and it comes with an enormous amount of opportunity and at the same time tremendous challenges, many of which you don’t know about in advance.”