"I don't know much about what goes on in New Hampshire, so I'm really not in a position to speak to that one. Obviously, if people have concerns up there I'm sure there's a process for redress that you can pursue to determine if, in fact, there were any issues," Baker said.
The Democratic Governors Association accused Baker of ducking Trump, state Democrats called on him to more forcefully denounce the president's conspiracy theorizing and Baker begged to let him just focus on Massachusetts.
Instead of huddling with his team to discuss how to respond to the White House – as House Democrats did this week – Baker went before the Greater Boston Chamber Commerce, and announced he would start a search for a full-time general manager of the MBTA.
He also urged a two-year extension on the Fiscal and Management Control Board that would put the transit agency under the watch of the control board through 2020.
Speaker DeLeo on Thursday afternoon said he had not heard that Baker wanted to extend the FMCB's lifespan, but offered praise for the work done so far by the control board to get their hands around the MBTA's budget.
Baker also joined with the Legislature this week to celebrate the centennial year of John F. Kennedy's birth, albeit three months before J.F.K.'s actual birthday. And in remarks in the House chamber, Baker said J.F.K. would be disappointed by the "coarseness of modern-day politics.”
What would he think, then, of the modern-day Governor's Council?
For the second straight week, the elected body that vets Baker's judicial nominees dissolved into a puddle of name-calling, accusations and fist-pounding.
Though the animosity ostensibly stemmed from a disagreement over how the vote was handled for a Superior Court nominee, the eight-member council can barely be in the same room together anymore. And the anger runs deeper than one nominee.
Councilors Mary Hurley, a Democrat, accused Councilor Marilyn Devaney of raining “terror” upon the council, and Jennie Caissie, a Republican, said the council's reputation “as a laughing stock” can be put squarely at Devaney's feet for bring incivility to the process. Devaney yelled back that she was being bullied for standing up for the rules, if they even exist, and accused Caissie of spending too much time in a local watering hole.