New Video: Leadership
Today, Charlie Baker released a new web video entitled "Leadership" that highlights his role as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care during a period when the company went from receivership to the number one health insurance provider in the nation in customer service and member satisfaction. The five-minute long video includes extensive interviews with the senior leadership at the company and details the challenges before them.
Check out the video here:
Charlie visits Arnone School in Brockton for Read Across America
Yesterday, Charlie visited Brockton's Arnone Elementary School to join with students, teacher, and staff for a "Read Across America" event.
“It really sends a very important message how reading is valued in our school system,” the school's literary coordinator Julianne Andrade told the Brockton Enteprise, regarding Charlie's visit. "To have someone special from the community come in really drives home that point.”
Read the Brockton Enterprise story on Charlie's visit here.
Read more about Charlie's vision for Massachusetts' schools here.
New Bedford Standard-Times: "Our View: Able Charlie Baker"
Charlie recently sat down with the editorial board of the New Bedford Standard-Times, where he got the chance to talk about his vision for communities in the region and across the Commonwealth.
The Standard-Times writes about Charlie, "But one thing is clear from his visit on Tuesday: The Bay State's cities matter to Charlie Baker."
"More than his agreement on the merits of a commuter rail link between Boston and SouthCoast, however, his philosophy on governance grabbed our attention," the Standard-Times continues. "Whether it's to do with education, or housing, or job creation, Baker's approach is to do what works for individual communities."
Read the full article here.
Watch Charlie's interview with the New Bedford Standard Times here.
"Charlie Baker is killing it on Twitter"
Boston Globe columnist Hilary Sargent: "Follow Baker on Twitter, and you will actually get the sense that he is a real human being."
"People often complain that the problem with many candidates is the fact that their personalities never come through. Consultants and advisors are blamed for hiding the ‘regular guy’ (or gal) from the public," Sargent continues. "Baker’s handlers seem to be okay letting their candidate tweet with abandon. And so far, the race is better for it."
See the full article here.
Follow Charlie on Twitter here.
Charlie Speaks about the Big Brother, Big Sister Program
This past Saturday, Charlie and Lauren attended an event for the Old Colony YMCA in Lakeville to support the Big Brother, Big Sister program.
Charlie spoke about experiences with the program, and his relationship with his "little brother." He spoke about the importance of being there for those who need a helping hand, or just a fan, clapping on the sidelines.
"This campaign is all about letting people get to know the Charlie that I know. That Charlie has a huge heart, and making things better for anyone who asks is a calling for him," Lauren Baker wrote in an email.
Springfield Republican: "Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker shows softer side discussing role as 'big brother' to troubled youth"
New Video: Time to Be Great
Charlie debuted a new web video today, in which he shares his plans to make Massachusetts great.
Massachusetts is blessed with limitless talent, capability, and imagination, and only by truly aiming high will we reach our full potential. By aiming high, we can provide great jobs, great schools, and strong, safe and prosperous communities in every corner of the Commonwealth.
Check out the video here:
Make Every Day Count
This time of year is special. It’s a celebration of faith, a turning of the page to a new year, and a time of charity and good cheer. While it’s all of that for the Bakers, it is fundamentally about family for us. And this year, it’s especially about my mom.
She was born on December 24th, 1932 in Rochester, MN, and as far as I can tell, her birthday – landing the day before Christmas – was never a very big deal when she was growing up. She told me when I was about 15 that she didn’t really care - “I care more about what happens on the other 364 days of the year.”
Good thing, too. As the mother of three boys and the wife of a business consultant who traveled so much his kids thought he sold T-Shirts for a living (“Hey kids! Here’s a T-Shirt from…Dallas! Chicago! San Francisco!”), her birthday was usually a self-orchestrated affair. She made the meal, she baked the cake, and she set the table. We ate the meal, sang Happy Birthday, presented a variety of not very stylish presents, and tried our best to clean up afterward. While we ate with great skill, our cleaning skills often fell short.
As I got older, I couldn’t help but notice that when I came home for Christmas Eve, my mom was running around prepping for her own birthday, while also getting ready for family Christmas. I mentioned this to my dad at one point, and suggested we take mom out to dinner for her birthday. My dad knew a good idea when he heard one, and from that time on, my mom never prepped for her own birthday ever again. While she clearly appreciated the new tradition, she still insisted that it was the other 364 days of the year that mattered most to her.
After her kids got married, the birthday duties moved from one child’s house to another, but landed, for the most part, at our house. My wife was appalled that my mom had spent so many years prepping her own party, and demanded that we take permanent ownership of celebrating her birthday. Cake, presents (which improved a lot with spouses involved), a big table filled with grandkids, and a meal prepared by somebody else – all to honor the family matriarch. It was great stuff.
Over time, my dad’s health remained quite good, and my mom’s began to fail. We all knew this would happen. Dad comes from a long line of men and women who live forever, and mom comes from a family in which Alzheimer’s is a virtual certainty. And my dad – the guy who couldn’t warm up a coffee cake when we were kids – became a terrific caregiver for my mom.
But my parents never worried much. They were brought up to believe that attitude is everything, and as my grandfather used to say to me, “You have to play the hand you’re dealt, son. That’s the way life works.”
And so they played the hand. They visited friends who could process my mom’s illness. They went to church, and found time to visit with or dine out with each of their kids and their families. And they never, ever complained. My dad said one time that they both felt blessed to have found one another, and in the grand scheme of things, that simply meant more than all the rest.
My mom turns 81 tomorrow. Last year, we celebrated her 80th birthday at our house, with a big crowd of her most ardent fans. And while it was clear that she was struggling with her disease, she enjoyed the day immensely, and so did we.
This year, my mom will not be joining us to celebrate. The disease, as brutal and relentless as anything I can ever imagine, has made it impossible for her to travel.
My dad spends time with her every day, and he says they talk about all kinds of things. But most of the time, they talk about how lucky they’ve been. They found each other, they raised a wonderful family, and for almost 60 years, they never stopped enjoying each other.
So this year, as we gather to celebrate family, we’ll do so with the clear understanding that mom was right all along – it really is about the other 364 days of the year. And our family will renew our commitment to make every one of them count. To those you love, they all matter.
Happy Holidays – Charlie Baker
Charlie's plan to help homeless families
Yesterday Charlie released a plan to help homeless families in Massachusetts.
"While the failure to properly address the issue of homelessness in our state has become a financial problem, it is first and foremost a human tragedy. We can and must do a better job of helping these struggling families get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. The status quo is simply unacceptable."
Charlie Baker And Karyn Polito Form Ticket For 2014
Charlie teamed up with former State Representative Karyn Polito to form a ticket for 2014 in Karyn's hometown of Shrewsbury. She announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor with her family and friends. Below are a few news clips from the announcement:
Lowell Sun: "Baker selects right recipe for GOP success" With one decision, Charlie Baker solidified his campaign account and voter base. By choosing former state Rep. Karyn Polito as his running mate, the GOP's choice to wrest the governor's seat from the Democrats aligns himself with a prodigious fundraiser whose gender and geography can only help his cause. (Editorial Staff, "Baker selects right recipe for GOP success," Lowell Sun, 12/6/13)
“She is a proven vote-getter and appealing campaigner who came close to winning the state Treasurer’s office in 2010.”
“Having a strong, pro-choice woman by his side could help shrink the gender gap.” (Joe Battenfeld, “Charlie Baker places bet on Polito partnership,” The Boston Herald, 12/4/13)
NECN: “Polito brings a strong base of support in central Massachusetts to the Baker team as well as a proven ability to raise money and the hope of attracting more women to the ticket.” (Alison King, Polito: Honored to run for Mass. Lt. Gov alongside Baker,” NECN, 12/3/13)
Shrewsbury Lantern: "The ticket itself seems like a great fit politically, as both candidates highlight their particular goals of fair taxation, smaller government, stronger schools and health care systems. In many ways, tickets like this transcend the normal political party lines, which is usually what it takes to get elected to statewide office here in Massachusetts." (Editorial Staff, "Shrewsbury’s Karyn Polito announces run for Lt. Governor post, Shrewsbury Lantern, 12/4/13)
"When Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito announced Tuesday they were teaming up to run for governor and lieutenant governor, they were keeping alive a Massachusetts Republican tradition started in 1990."
"Running as a ticket is unofficial in Massachusetts, but it is a system the GOP has clung to since it first worked for William Weld and the late Paul Cellucci." (Jim Hand, "Teaming up for the GOP," Sun Chronicle, 12/3/13)
Thanksgiving Day Message from Charlie
Thankful This Season
What are you thankful for?
At our house, Thanksgiving is all about family, football and food. But it is also about taking a look at the wonderful people around us and pausing to appreciate them.
I want to know what you are thankful for. Click here to tell us what you are thinking of this turkey day and the campaign will select the folks with the most unique and heartfelt responses for a thanksgiving leftover lunch with Lauren and me.
This campaign is off to a strong start because of you and I am so thankful you are joining me again as we work to make Massachusetts great. Please take a second and click here to tell us what Thanksgiving means to you. Maybe we can grab some Thanksgiving leftover lunch!
Happy Birthday, Charlie!
Happy Birthday, Charlie!
Today Charlie celebrated his birthday out on the campaign trail in Framingham and bought himself a pair of shoes at a local business. The Boston Globe tagged along to see Charlie "melding witty repartee with wonkish enthusiasm for policy" as he chatted with local officials.
Charlie collects signatures for gas tax
On Saturday morning, Charlie helped collect signatures to give the voters a chance to repeal the "gas tax to infinity" next November. Charlie believes our legislators should have to take a vote to raise our taxes so that they can be held accountable.
Charlie Visits Veritas Preparatory Charter School
Charlie visited Veritas Preparatory Charter School in Springfield where he talked with administrators and teachers about how they are delivering a great education for every child.
REVERE COLUMBUS DAY PARADE
Charlie and Lauren greeted Revere residents as they marched in the Revere Columbus Day Parade.
TRIP TO AVON AND BROCKTON
Charlie talked with Avon business leaders and met with Brockton residents.
CHARLIE BAKER ON FOX25 AND WBUR
Charlie Baker sat down with Fox25 and WBUR today to share his vision to create jobs and improve schools and communities.
Click Here for his video with Gene Lavanchy at Fox25 and their discussion of bringing reform and bipartisan leadership to Beacon Hill.
Click Here for his interview with Anthony Brooks and Meghna Chakrabarti where he answered questions from voters on topics ranging from taxes to his taste in music.
NECN ON CHARLIE'S VISIT TO GLOUCESTER
Charlie visited Gloucester and toured the waterfront with Tom Balf, Executive Director of Maritime Gloucester. They discussed the urgent needs of coastal communities in Massachusetts and the economic impact of state regulations.
CHARLIE BAKER VISITS CENTRAL MASS BUSINESS EXPO
Charlie Baker Visits Central Mass. Business Expo
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker visited the Central Massachusetts Business Expo at Worcester’s DCU Center Wednesday morning, marking his first stop in Central Massachusetts in what will be a long campaign for Massachusetts’ governor.
Baker said he learned a lot at the Expo and that it aligned well with his three areas of concern for Massachusetts: to create more jobs, to improve our schools, and to build great communities. Small businesses are a key factor, Baker said, on all three of those fronts.
CHARLIE STOPS BY PHANTOM GOURMET FOOD FESTIVAL
Charlie went to the Phantom Gourmet’s annual Food Festival in Boston today. Thousands of people came to sample the Phantom’s favorite foods. Charlie talked with a number of chefs and restaurant owners from across Massachusetts.
CHARLIE BAKER INTERVIEWS WITH JIM BRAUDE
Broadside: Baker on his 2nd time around
Charlie discusses jobs, closing the educational achievement gap and public safety with NECN's Jim Braude.
CHARLIE AND LAUREN HEAD TO WEST SPRINGFIELD FOR BIG E
Republican hopeful Charlie Baker visits the Big E, meets local business owners
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, made a stop at the Big E Saturday to tour the fair, visit with business owners in the Massachusetts building and even try some of the fair food.
"The last time I was here I was really impressed with the positive energy in this place," he said. "I'm also amazed by the many people I've spoken to who have come from so far away to be at this fair."
LOWELL SUN ON CHARLIE’S TRIP; CHARLIE VISITS NEWTON WELLESLEY HOSPITAL
Baker on the stump in Lowell
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker's campaign was off-and-running on Wednesday in Lowell, which he called a model for "thriving, economically-successful communities across Massachusetts."
This morning, Charlie visited with Pat Jordan at Newton Wellesley Hospital to talk healthcare.
CHARLIE VISITS LOWELL TECH CENTER, TALKS TO MORNING EDITION
Today Charlie toured the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center at UMass Lowell. Read more about his visit from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald:
On the trail at UMass Lowell, Baker is upbeat
“This is the kind of thing we should all root for,” Baker said. “Because what they’re really doing here is creating a platform to do a lot of the research and the intellectual property development that can be applied by other firms into products and jobs and sustainable business models and I think it’s really cool."
Baker on listening tour in Lowell
"My campaign is going to be all about more jobs, great schools everywhere and safe, thriving communities across all of Massachusetts. And that's really where I'm ultimately going. Over the course of the race, I plan to spend a lot of time talking about what we can do to make the state more transparent and more affordable."
Charlie spoke with WBUR’s Morning Edition about his visit to Lowell and growing the Massachusetts economy.
CHARLIE ON GREATER BOSTON
Charlie appeared on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney tonight to discuss his vision for making Massachusetts great. Check out the video here!
CHARLIE “DEBUTS MORE UPBEAT IMAGE,” LAYS OUT JOBS, EDUCATION, SAFETY AGENDA
The Boston Globe: “GOP candidate Charles D. Baker debuts more upbeat image” (Jim O’Sullivan, Frank Phillips, “GOP candidate Charles D. Baker debuts more upbeat image,” The Boston Globe, 9/6/13)
State House News: “Baker said his campaign will be focused on improving the business climate to grow jobs, closing the educational achievement gap and ‘changing the relationship’ between the state and cities and towns to foster better partnerships.” (Matt Murphy, BAKER VOWS CHANGES IN BOTH TONE AND POLICY IN 2014 RUN,” State House News, 9/5/13)
State House News: “Baker goes upbeat in campaign video - Shifts from ‘Had enough?’ to ‘Aim high.’” (Matt Murphy, “Baker goes upbeat in campaign video ,” State House News, 9/6/13)
WHDH: “Charlie baker will be better in 2014 than he was in 2010...and that may be good enough to win.” (Andy Hiller, “Is Charlie Baker better the second time?” WHDH, 9/6/13)
WBUR: “’The first issue is figuring out a way to create a climate economically where anybody who wants to work can,’ Baker said. “He also said he would work to close Massachusetts’ achievement gap between high-performing schools and other schools.” (Fred Thys, "Governors candidate Baker lays out priorities," WBUR, 9/6/13)
WGBH: “Baker also outlined his public policy priorities, including improving the Massachusetts job market and narrowing the gap between the state’s best and worst public schools.” (Adam Reilly, “Cookies, A Dog, Bipartisanship: Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker Speaks,” WGBH, 9/6/13)
The Boston Herald: “The first thing gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker would do if elected is slash the controversial tech tax that have put industry experts in an uproar, the probable GOP nominee told reporters today as he rolled out what he promised to be a sunnier campaign focused, in part, on boosting the economy... Baker spoke mostly in broad strokes in explaining what he considers the three pillars of his campaign, including shrinking the achievement gap between schools, generating more jobs and better connecting the state government with cities and towns.” (Matt Stout, Baker: I’ll slash tech tax if elected governor,” The Boston Herald, 9/6/13)
Commonwealth Magazine: “Charlie Baker took some heat from Democrats for announcing his run for governor in a video, but the strategy appears to have worked perfectly. The good-guy image Baker cultivated in the video carried over into the press event he hosted at his Swampscott home on Thursday, allowing him to get out his I’ll-be-different-in-this-election message far more effectively than if he had just given a speech and barnstormed around the state.” (Bruce Mohl, “Baker’s one-two punch,” Daily Download, 9/6/13)