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Keller @ Large: Mass. Democratic Party Chairman Criticizes Gov. Baker


PROCEEDS GO TO THE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND. IT’S TIME NOW FOR KELLER AT LARGE. HERE’S JOHN KELLER. ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ GOOD MORNING THANKS FOR JOINING US. LAST WEEK AT THIS TIME WE TALKED WITH KRISTIN HUGHES CHAIR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING INTO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH OUR GUEST THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ACTIVIST, WELCOME. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING OVER. SO YOU HAD OUR PARTY PLATFORM CONVENTION LAST WEEKEND. YES. AND I COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, BOB DELIA WAS A NO SHOW. HE’S MORE OF A WHAT WE USED TO CALL AN ED KING DEMOCRAT, A MODERATE TO I WOULD SAY MODERATE DEMOCRAT. CERTAINLY HE’S BEEN RESISTENT TO TAX HIKES AND THAT KIND OF THING. AND THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF MEMBERS OF THE PARTY’S LEFT WING THAT HAVE BEEN HIGHLY CRITICAL OF HIS OVER SIGHT IN BEACON HILL. WAS HE NOT WELCOMED THERE? WHAT’S THE STORY? NO THERE WAS A CONFLICT. I THINK HE WAS NOT ALONE AND THE ONLY DEMOCRAT NOT TO BE THERE. HE HAD A CONFLICT IN HIS DISTRICT AND I BELIEVE AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST AND WE SEE FORWARD HE LEAVES THE HOUSE IN A WAY THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER AS STAN ROSSENBURG LEADS THE SENATE. WE’LL SEE SUCCESSES OUT OF BOTH PLACES. WE NEED TO BE PROUD IN MASSACHUSETTS WITH LEADERS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR SO WE IN MASSACHUSETTS CAN DO BETTER. IT’S THAT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP THAT I FRANKLY THINK WE NEED MORE ON IN THE CORNER OFFICE SO WE’VE GOT SOMEONE THAT STANDS UP FOR US AND WE’LL HEAR ME TALKING ABOUT THAT. WHO HAS BEEN A BETTER GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER OR DUVALL PATRICK. OH DUVALL PATRICK. HOW SO? BECAUSE HE HAD VISION AND PUSHED FORWARD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CURRENTLY HAVE A MANAGER WHO SELF PROCLAIMED AN EXPERT IN HEALTHCARE. THE LARGEST BUDGET BUSTERS ACROSS THE STATE FOR CITIES AND TOWNS AND FOR OUR STATE IS INCREASING HEALTHCARE COSTS AND CHARLIE BAKER HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY SOLUTION FOR US TO LOOK FORWARD TO SO WE NEED TO DO BETTER AND WE CAN DO BETTER IN MASSACHUSETTS AND YOU’LL HEAR THAT FROM US AS WE MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE WE NEED SOMEONE WHO HAS GOT VISION, A BACK BONE WHO IS WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS. LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HEALTHCARE AND THAT REGARD BECAUSE I SEEM TO RECALL THAT WHEN OBAMACARE CAME IN MANY VOICES I BELIEVE INCLUDING THAT OF THEN PRIVATE CITIZEN CHARLIE BAKER WERE CALLING ON GOVERNOR PATRICK TO SEEK A FEDERAL WAIVER SO THAT OUR WELL FUNCTIONING SYSTEM, OUR FUNCTIONING HEALTHCARE CONNECTOR AND WEBSITE COULD CONTINUE ON IMPEDING HE REFUSED THE SYSTEM WAS COMPLETELY REMADE WITH AT LEAST FOR A WHILE DISASTROUS RESULTS. WASN’T THAT A CASE OF BETTER VISION BY BAKER THAN PATRICK? IT’S MUCH EASIER TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE THAN ON THE INSIDE AND BE ABLE TO SAY THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITHOUT BEING THE PERSON THAT PROVIDES THE SOLUTIONS AND THAT’S WHAT YOU SAW THERE. NOW THAT HE’S IN THERE HE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE US THOSE SOLUTIONS AND WE SAW JUSTICE LAST SPRING. PEOPLE REALIZE AT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE. IT SAVED LIVES. AND IT’S NOT AN EASY THING TO DO. IT’S TAKEN YEARS TO FORM AND CRACK AND PUT IT INTO THE RIGHT PLACE. SO WE JUST NEED A LEADER THAT’S GOING TO STAND UP FOR US AND CONTINUE TO PUSH THAT FORWARD BUT RECOGNIZING THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR TOWNS AND CITIES ARE UNDER INCREASED GROWTH IN THE HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. SO SOMEONE NEEDS TO LOOK FOR A SOLUTION AND OUR GOVERNOR HAS BEEN ABSENT. WELL IN YOUR SPEECH TO THE CONVENTION LAST WEEKEND YOU SAID WE NEED A GOVERNOR WHO DOESN’T TREAT RIDERS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. SO AREN’T YOU KIND OF OMITTING THE LONG LEGACY OF NEGLECT AND MISS MANAGEMENT THAT BAKER INHERITED? NO NOT AT ALL AS A MATTER OF FACT. I’M POINTING OUT THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MANAGEMENT AND TRYING TO PRIVATIZE COMMUTER RAIL I CONTINUE TO–I LIVE OUTSIDE 495 SO WHEN I GO TO TRY TO PARK I HAVE TO ROLL UP FOUR DOLLARS AND PUT THEM INTO A SLOT BUT WHEN I COME INTO BOSTON I CAN PAY FOR A PARKING METER WITH AN APP OR CREDIT CARD. THOSE ARE WHAT OUR COMMUTER RAIL PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR AND OUR GOVERNOR HAS BEEN ABSENT TO THAT AND FORGIVEN FEES AND FINES THAT ARE JUST UNACCEPTABLE. OKAY WE’LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK ON THAT NOTE AND WHEN WE CONTINUE WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT WELCOME BACK. TALKING WITH GUS BICKFORD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC PARTY. GUS, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNOR BAKER AND CANDIDATE TRUMP IS GOING TO BE A MAINLY ISSUE IN HIS ELECTION NEXT YEAR. WHAT MORE WOULD YOU HAVE HIM DO? HE’S BROKEN WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON ISSUES LIKE THE TRAVEL BAN AND ON HEALTHCARE REFORM AND HE’S HE REFUSED TO VOTE FOR HIM AND WAS VERY PUBLIC ABOUT IT. HE NEEDS TO STAND UP. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT. I SPEAK TO TEACHERS AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT LIES. I HAVE READ ABOUT PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT DISCIPLINING STUDENTS AND SAY I’M JUST SAYING WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. WE’VE GOT THE MEDIA UNDER ATTACK BY THIS PRESIDENT EVERY DAY AND I FIND IT VERY DANGEROUS. WE NEED A GOVERNOR YOU HEAR THE DEMOCRATS ACROSS THE STATE AND THE NATION STANDING UP TO THIS PRESIDENT. HE’S DISASTER. WE NEED SOME REPUBLICANS TO JOIN IN ON THAT AND CHARLIE BAKER NEEDS TO DO THAT. HE NEEDS TO STOP WRITING LETTERS AND STOP BEING DISAPPOINTED AND GO DOWN THERE AND SPEAK UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND SAY THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE NEED OUR GOVERNMENT TO SPEAK FOR OUR PEOPLE. OUR BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO–WE LOST THE CHINA SUMMIT TO BOSTON BECAUSE OF THIS PRESIDENT. WELL, YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT THERE BECAUSE A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS PARTICULARLY OUR COMMITTEE THAT COULD BE AT RISK FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POLICIES, CUTS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING FOR EXAMPLE, CHANGES IN HEALTHCARE COULD BE DEVASTATED TO OUR BUDGET AND ECONOMY. DON’T YOU SEE ANY–I KNOW YOU PROBABLY DON’T BUT I KNOW AT LEAST SOME VOTERS SEE BENEFIT IN HAVING JUST ONE LONE REPUBLICAN ON HIGH OFFICE HERE WITH SOME CONNECTIONS APPARENTLY HAS A PIPELINE TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE WHO CAN WORK THE GAME FROM THE INSIDE WALL ARE ALL DEMOCRATIC DELEGATIONS HAMMERING TRUMP. FAIR STATEMENT BUT WE FORCED HIM LAST FRIDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WASN’T IN FAVOR OF THE CLIMATE ALLIANCE AND BY THE END OF THE DAY HE WAS AND I THINK WE CAN TAKE SOME CREDIT IN THAT BY PRESSURING IN THAT WAY AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO BUT WE IN MASSACHUSETTS CAN DO BETTER. WE HAD JOHN F KENNEDY FROM MASSACHUSETTS TALKING ABOUT HOW TO GO TO THE MOON WITH MATERIALS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN BUILT YET. WE CAN HAVE A GOVERNOR THAT WOULD SAY THE JOBS ARE GOING TO BE COMING FROM NEW ENERGY SOURCES. IF WE SWITCH TO DOING DIFFERENT ENERGY SOURCES INSTEAD OF GOING BACK TO FOSSIL FUEL WE’LL BE IN A BETTER PLACE AND CHARLIE BAKER COULD DRIVE US THERE. LAST VERY QUICK THING GUS, THREE FINE MEN NOT WELL KNOWN HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR ATTENTION TO RUB FOR GOVERNOR NEXT YEAR. IS THAT THE FIELD? IT’S A GREAT FIELD FOR THAT. THERE’S A LONG HISTORY OF NOT KNOWING UNTIL FEBRUARY OR MARCH OF NEXT YEAR. I THINK WE ARE IN A GREAT PLACE WITH THESE THREE BUT THERE COULD BE MORE. GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU.

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