NEW: Republican Karyn Polito Announces Bid for Lieutenant Governor
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Polito, who was a six-term representative from Shrewsbury, plans to seek the nomination for the second spot on the GOP ticket alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.
Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010, pledged his support for Polito at an event earlier today in Shrewsbury.
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Polito served as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen and as a member of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. In 2010, Polito ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer against Democrat Steven Grossman, who is now running for governor.
Baker, who is the lone Republican candidate for governor, is the former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
An Opponent's Reaction
Following today’s announcement by Polito, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Stephen Kerrigan issued the following statement:
“It’s official: The Charlie Baker campaign makeover has come to a screeching halt. In choosing Karyn Polito as his running mate, Charlie Baker is showing his true colors by aligning himself with an avid backer of the Tea Party movement whose views are well outside our Commonwealth’s mainstream. Massachusetts Republicans are as determined as ever to halt progress by returning to the failed policies of Mitt Romney and the extreme views of the Tea Party.
“I can’t wait for voters to see the contrasts which now make it crystal clear just how much is at stake in this election. I look forward to working with our party's nominee for Governor to chart a new path forward for Massachusetts that builds on Governor Patrick's successes and helps make our Commonwealth work for all its citizens.”
Kerrigan is the President and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and the former CEO of the Democratic National Convention.
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