D. Candidate Jay Gonzalez Amplifies Criticism of Governor Baker
Boston, MA – As the months until the Massachusetts gubernatorial primary wind down, Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez has heightened his attack on his Republican opponent, and current Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker. Gonzalez, who recently earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, has distinguished himself throughout the race as an advocate for the “little guy,” promising to fight for those in the Massachusetts population he calls “regular people,” as opposed to the wealthiest slice of MA residents.
Gonzalez has argued multiple times that Governor Baker only has the interest of Massachusetts’ financial elite at heart, going so far as to say that Gov. Baker is “taking the state of Massachusetts backwards.” Throughout recent statements, Gonzalez has continued this rhetoric, supposedly setting himself apart from Baker and attempting to demonstrate to the public of MA that they need a change in leadership. In fact, Gonzalez has implied in previous speeches that The Bay State is no longer a governmental pioneer, asserting that his goal is “to make Massachusetts a leader again.” The Democratic candidate is no stranger to positions of authority. In 2009, he began his four-year run as Secretary of Administration and Finance under former MA Governor, Deval Patrick. Gonzalez’s past experience also includes work as an attorney in one of the largest United States law firms, a position as Chairman of the Massachusetts Health Connector board, and CEO of CetiCare Health. He has cited this experience as one of the reasons why Massachusetts residents should vote for him instead of the other Democratic candidates in the upcoming primary this September.
However, Gonzalez has asserted that even if he loses the primary, he will endorse the Democratic nominee for the final election. His energy appears to be focused less on denouncing the other Democratic candidates and more on differentiating himself from the Republican in office, Governor Charlie Baker. Gonzalez continues to direct the majority of his criticism toward Gov. Baker, relating the material of his speeches, social media posts, and responses to interview questions back to the current Massachusetts governor. On June 12th, for example, Gonzalez observed technical difficulties when he rode on the Massachusetts Subway, which is commonly referred to as “the T.” After experiencing this delay, he tweeted the following:
“An hour and a half after arriving at Government Center Station, I arrived at Eliot Station. Talked to lots of riders who are frustrated with the T just about every day. It’s clear there is a problem. It’s also clear @CharlieBakerMA doesn’t care.”
Fixing the subway malfunctions that the Massachusetts transit system frequently faces is one of Jay Gonzalez’s principal campaign promises; he claims that the MA subways are a “broken transportation system.” He alleges that Gov. Charlie Baker has never attempted to understand the T’s faults by going through them himself, another aspect that now sets them apart. Gonzalez persisted to differentiate himself from Baker just this past Thursday. On June 21st, Gonzalez spoke openly about his opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recent immigration policy. The “zero-tolerance policy” was Trump’s response to illegal immigration at the US/Mexico border, and involved separating immigrant children from their parents at this boundary. After this executive order, Governor Baker had agreed to deploy the Massachusetts National Guard at the border; however, as several states were pulling their National Guards from the border and refusing to comply until the child-separation policy was reversed, many Massachusetts residents were also dissatisfied with Gov. Baker’s decision. After this vocal opposition, Baker ultimately reversed this choice, resolving not to send the Mass National Guard to the border. Gonzalez, however, was not satisfied with the sequence of events. He claimed that Gov. Baker had been “complicit” for the duration of a “cruel” immigration policy, arguing that a good Massachusetts governor should stand up to the president in situations like these, and that Baker does not.
In a radio interview on the same day, Gonzalez was asked if he thought that President Trump was similar to Adolf Hilter, as this is a comparison that has been used -- mainly by left-leaning sources -- since Trump’s presidential campaign. Gonzalez did not directly answer the question, but instead brought his response back to his disapproval of Charlie Baker, stating. “We need public leaders in this country who are going to bring people together. And that’s a big gripe I’ve had with our governor…”
Jay Gonzalez’s potential advancement in the race will be determined on November 6, during the gubernatorial primary.