Hughes doubts Dems have 'A Team' candidate against Baker
Kirsten Hughes, the Quincy City Council president elected to lead the state Republican Party in 2013, suggested Democrats lack a candidate of the political caliber of Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican expected to run for re-election in 2018.
On an episode of WCVB's 'On The Record' that aired Sunday morning, Hughes was asked about Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat who was secretary of administration and finance under former Gov. Deval Patrick and is now considering a run for governor.
"People are going to come in and out and it looks like Democrats are kinda putting up their B, C team. And Governor Baker is going to be able to run on his strong record," Hughes said.
She said, "I don't know what their A team is. I mean, I don't think there is an A team against Charlie Baker, but look, that's who's coming out to decide to put the feelers out there."
Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democrat, is also openly weighing a run for governor. Gonzalez's professional background roughly tracks Baker's, as a former state budget chief who went on to run a health insurance company.
Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Gus Bickford said in a statement that Hughes's commentary amounted to name-calling, which he linked to President-elect Donald Trump.
"This is a glimpse of the Massachusetts Republican party under Trump. They can't talk about the issues so they call people names," Bickford said in a statement to the News Service.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.