Statement from Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford Following Baker’s State of the Commonwealth
“The big takeaway from tonight’s speech: Charlie Baker’s record over the last year doesn’t give him much to brag about, but he tried anyway. Charlie Baker actually gave himself a pat on the back for his administration’s COVID response, despite overseeing many failures when it comes to testing, protecting long-term care residents, mitigating the disproportionate harm COVID is visiting on communities of color, and now failing to get the vaccine into people’s arms.
Baker’s tepid comments on what he called the “mood of the nation” might be fitting for some other time, but not on the heels of an attack on our Capitol by insurrectionists sponsored by the leader of his Party. But Baker doesn’t even live up to his weak words. Charlie Baker’s Republican Party here in Massachusetts continues to support twice-impeached Donald Trump, while he stands by and permits that.
The reality is this: thanks to Baker’s failed management and absent leadership, the state of our Commonwealth embarrassingly lags behind the majority of states. For nearly a year, the Baker-Polito administration has added to the body of evidence that they need to be pressured to take even the slightest action, and they’ll drag their feet the entire way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: that’s not leadership, it’s negligence.”