Massie considering Democratic run for governor
One-time lieutenant governor nominee says Baker has been too timid in face of Trump threats
BOB MASSIE, A veteran social justice activist who ran for lieutenant governor more than two decades ago, says he’s seriously weighing a run for governor in 2018.
“I’m giving it very strong consideration,” said Massie, a Democrat. “We are a critical moment in the history of the United States and the life of planet that requires bold action from everyone, including people who step up and represent the resistance to Trump a pathway to a new America.”
Massie, who has worked for several decades on initiatives that combine his background in business and finance with an interest in environmental and economic sustainability, announced he was considering running in a message posted to his Facebook page on Sunday night.
In an interview on Monday, the 60-year-old Somerville resident said Baker has “been far too slow to move on critical state, national, and international issues from jobs to climate change, and he has so far shown no willingness to stand up to the endless assault on our democracy and constitution that are coming from the White House.”
In 1994, Massie was the candidate for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial nominee Mark Roosevelt. They were crushed by incumbent Republican Gov. Bill Weld and Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci.
In 2011, Massie sought the Democratic nomination for US Senate but dropped out after Elizabeth Warren entered the race and quickly began gaining traction.
Since 2015, Massie has served as executive director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which, according to its website, focuses on developing policies that are “environmentally sound, economically sustainable, and socially just.”
Jay Gonzalez, who served as administration and finance secretary under Gov. Deval Patrick, is the only declared Democratic candidate for governor. Newton Mayor Setti Warren said he is seriously considering entering the Democratic contest.
In interviews when he announced his candidacy last month, Gonzalez also sounded alarms about the Trump presidency – and sought to tie Baker to a Republican president who is deeply unpopular in Massachusetts and lost the state by a nearly 2-1 margin.Democrats are likely to try to inject Trump’s surprise election into the governor’s race at every turn, while Baker has been trying his keep the focus on the work his administration is doing in Massachusetts, not the almost daily drama of wild pronouncements from the president.
Massie said he would make a decision on entering the race by late March or early April. If he does run, Massie said, he wants to have time to start to build an organization to appear at the Democratic Party issues convention in early June.