Baker Fights for What’s Right [PHIL-OSOPHY]
Senator Elizabeth Warren has sent out signals that she'd accept a job in the Biden cabinet. Back in Massachusetts, an amendment by State Representative Mindy Domb, a Democrat, wants to move the goalposts again and require Gov. Charlie Baker to fill any vacancy with someone belonging to the same political party as the individual who vacated the role.
The disingenuous Democrats have successfully pulled this double-faced, shifty maneuver before. In other words, if Warren is chosen to become a cabinet member, this amendment would require the governor to appoint a Democrat, during this very fragile balance of power in Washington, D.C.
The way the state law works, once a vacancy occurs, an interim U.S. Senator is appointed by the governor until an election is held. State Democrats want to make sure Baker can't appoint a Republican from his own party.
Warren is rumored to be lobbying for the cabinet position of Treasury Secretary. Right off, the highly partisan balance in the U.S. Senate hangs on those two Georgia runoff races in January, making the interim appointment all the more critical.
Baker has already promised to veto the Domb amendment, calling it a "bad look." He's right. Stick to your guns, Governor Baker. Do what's right, not what is popular or easy.
We'll back you, Gov. Baker, and don't fear or cave into anyone of the opposition. Sometimes when we stand up for what is right and what we believe in, there's always a chance that we risk the very things we believe in as Republicans. But if we stand down, the risk is hard and fast.
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