Charlie Baker

For a few weeks now we’ve seen a mysterious poster on twitter promoting a web site to political activists called ““. It was a single page that asked “Had enough of high taxes, political corruption and insider deals?” The source of the messages and purpose of the site was unknown.

Today we found out – that page was a promotion for Charlie Baker’s speaking tour this week. He’s going around the state making his case for reducing taxes, and fixing the endemic corruption we’ve had over the past several years. The tour starts today in Framingham and will end Thursday afternoon at the State House.

While the Republican Governors Association (RGA) attack ads may have done a lot of damage to Cahill, they haven’t helped Baker very much. The most recent Rasmussen poll suggests the main beneficiary of the support Cahill lost has been Patrick.

Baker needs to do better on differentiating himself from the other two candidates. Too many people still either don’t know or have no opinion on Baker. This tour is an attempt to do that.

Along with the speaking tour announcement, the Baker campaign released a new video that does a pretty good job of laying out that case. Baker speaks in front of the State House and points out that his two main opponents work inside. And then he reminds us that he used to work there – back in the Weld administration. It’s a powerful comparison – because Weld is well remembered, even among Democrats, as an extremely capable administrator.

The tour schedule has a few interesting dates: Baker is going to speak in Cahill’s home town of Quincy, and his final tour appearance at the State House on May 20th coincides with the swearing in ceremony for Senators Ross and DiDomenico.

Here is the tour schedule:

Monday, May 17, 2010

10:30 am, Framingham
Framingham Town Hall
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA
2:45 pm, Chicopee
The Munich Haus
13 Center Street
Chicopee, MA

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

10:30 am, Worcester
Worcester City Hall (Rear Steps)
455 Main Street
Worcester MA
12:45 pm, Lowell
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

9:45am, Dennis
Dennis Village Green
998 Old Bass River Road
Dennis, MA
12:00 pm, Bridgewater
Bridgewater Town Common
64 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA
1:45pm, Quincy
Thomas Crane Library Park
40 Washington Street
Quincy, MA

Thursday, May 20, 2010

9:15am, Danvers
Danvers City Hall
1 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA
11:15 am, Methuen
Methuen City Hall
41 Pleasant Street
Methuen, MA
1:30pm, State House
The State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA