Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Talks Next Job – NBC Boston

In so many of his public appearances these days, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker faces questions about what he will do next when his second term ends in January and he hands over the corner office to someone. another.

And as he once again lamented this focus on his future, Baker said on Thursday he had his eyes on “a bunch of different things” – some in the private sector, but not just any kind of elective position.

“A year from now, paint a picture of the life of Charlie and Lauren Baker,” asked Marcy Reed, who retired last year from her position as Massachusetts chairwoman for National Grid, at a New York event. England Council.

“Why is everyone so interested in what will happen to me when I’m gone? said Baker, who first ran for governor in 2010 before winning four-year terms in 2014 and 2018. “Honestly, the lieutenant governor and I planned to run a while ago. a few months, so I haven’t spent a lot of time on what my future might look like.”

Massachusetts will elect a new governor in 2022, with Charlie Baker choosing not to run.

But the governor clearly spent time thinking about it.

“I’m not going to take it easy, and I’m definitely not going to – I’m not going to retire,” he said. “My wife would never let me. It would cause all sorts of problems. I think I’ll end up doing a bunch of different things. Some of them will be government related, some of them will be traditional stuff like private sector. .”

Baker, 65, did not shed more light on his plans, but he clarified that he was not preparing publicly to campaign for another post after choosing not to seek a third term.

Prior to his term as governor, Baker amassed an extensive resume in both the public and private sectors. In the 1990s, he held two different cabinet posts under former governors. Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, then Secretary of Administration and Finance.

Baker then took over as director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a role that helped him gain profile ahead of his unsuccessful first campaign for governor in 2010. After that run, he became an executive-in-residence at the investment firm General Catalyst leading to his election victory. in 2014.

The two-term Republican has long dismissed suggestions for higher office, but a slight glimmer of doubt about those denials emerged last week when he was in California for the Life Itself conference.

“Earlier, Governor Baker indicated he would be ‘in the picture’ in the 2024 election,” Harvard professor David Liu said. tweetedrecounting an experience of standing on a beach with Baker watching the NBA Finals on a phone.

Asked about Liu’s tweet after his remarks to the New England Council, Baker smiled.

“I think he interpreted the same comment that I made here, that I thought after I finished being governor I would probably do something in private life, but I’m not going to completely m ‘step away from public life,’ Baker said. said, without addressing the “2024 election” part of the tweet.

“If I had to run again, I would have run for governor,” he added.

Public officials often refuse to talk about future political plans until they have decided on them. The governor has proven popular during his tenure among Democrats and unregistered voters, and relative to his peers in other states, but the bipartisan profile he has carved out belies the climate national politics where Democrats and Republicans seem locked into polarized positions.

Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced in December that they planned to leave at the end of their terms, with Baker opting against running for a third term and Polito deciding not to run for governor.

Watch the press conference given by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito after announcing they will not run again in 2022.

They cited a desire to focus on navigating the Bay State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic rather than campaigning and an interest in spending more time with family. Although neither attributed their decision to the political climate, polls at the time suggested that Baker, a more moderate Republican, could have faced a tough primary race after his relationship with the right-wing MassGOP fell apart. became more and more tense.

Reed, who sought out Baker after the event to ask the governor to sign a copy of his new leadership book, was not the only one on Thursday to notice the impending turnover of the corner office.

Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds, who hailed Baker as “a results man,” said during the governor’s presentation that “he has seven months left.”

“I’m not dead yet,” Baker shot back from the front row of the audience, drawing laughter from the crowd.

As he took to the podium, Baker wondered how often speakers now portray him in a retrograde way.

“I find being introduced these days in the past tense, which is actually a little nerve-wracking,” he said. “But I suspect the closer we get to January, the more it’s going to sound like that.”

Maria D. Ervin