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September 5, 2013

Baker enters governor race with 'upbeat' campaign

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“His personality didn’t really come through. What he’s all about didn’t really come through,” Tisei said, calling Baker a “great family man” and the “very best hope for the future of the Commonwealth.”

Tisei also defended Baker against the renewed attacks around the Big Dig financing scheme that left the state with massive debt, calling it “old news” and a “losing message” for Democrats.

“Charlie wasn’t the governor at that point. He was working for the governor,” Tisei said.

Though Tisei said another Baker-Tisei ticket is not likely on the offing next year as he considers a second run for Congress in the 6th Congressional district, the former Beacon Hill lawmaker suggested Taunton Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, 2010 GOP candidate for auditor Mary Connaughton or Gabriel Gomez, who ran and lost the recent U.S. Senate race to Ed Markey, as potential lieutenant governor candidates.

O’Connell told the News Service in August she would “most certainly” be on the ballot for re-election and was not considering other positions during the upcoming election cycle.

In a statement emailed by her legislative aide yesterday, O’Connell said, “I’m thrilled that Charlie is running for Governor. We need someone who can manage this state, stop the fraud and abuse of our tax dollars, and help create a more small business friendly environment to grow jobs. With Charlie as our Governor, Massachusetts residents will have more money in their wallets, better job opportunities and a brighter future.”

Early last month, as he was still considering his political future, Baker suggested that in a second campaign he may let voters peer deeper into his private life. The Republican said he tried hard in 2010 to keep his private life out of the campaign, but realizes now that voters like to get to know the candidate beyond their policy positions, suggesting a more prominent role in a 2014 campaign for his wife Lauren, with whom he has three children.

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