WILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked grade Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s performance during his four years in office.
“I believe Governor Baker will be re-elected,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “I don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s done some good. I would give him a B- or C+.”
“I believe during the Primary Election I gave him a B-,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “I greatly disagree with him on his interpretation of the Attorney General’s statute when it comes to assault weapons. I believe that circumvented the legislature and, more importantly, the state and federal constitutions. I wasn’t a fan of his handling of the MBTA. Keolis has not done the job it promised. There’s been a lack of review there. While I’ve been happy with his increases in Chapter 70, Chapter 74, and Chapter 90 funding, it’s kind of disguised. They claim it’s a record level, and that’s true, but only if you don’t adjust for inflation.. We’re making the steps in the right direction. He’s done a decent job of working with the Democratic majority in the legislature. There’s just certain things I don’t agree with him personally.”
“I’ve looked at a lot of his plans. He’s impressed more than I thought he would,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “I know he’s a Republican, but not a “true” Republican. I’m a very conservative person, but I don’t have a party. He’s not always that conservative on issues. But with his opioid efforts, and education funding increase… I would probably give him a B.”
Moderator Tom Zuppa, editor of the Lowell Sun, then asked candidates to name their political idols, outside of the late State Rep. Jim Miceli.
“Geoff Diehl,” answered Prinzivalli. “He really works for the taxpayers. He’s the one who saved taxpayers $2 billion on the gas tax. He’s endorsed me as a candidate. I really look up to him. I think he’s doing great things and I’d love to continue [his work] on Beacon Hill.”
“I like [John] Kennedy and [Theodore] Roosevelt because they were instrumental in negotiations,” answered Robertson. “Kennedy represented the old Massachusetts ‘we help our neighbors out, but we’re self-reliant’.” He handled the pressure of the Cuban Missile Crisis well. I like Roosevelt because, growing up, I love the outdoors and that sense of adventure and exploration.”
“Historically, Kennedy, of course. Ronald Reagan was probably be my second idol,” answered Meuse. “And I like Trump. I think he’s done a lot of what he said he was going to do. He increased the economy. I think he’s done a great job.”
Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 33:50 for the discussion on Baker’s performance and political role models.
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