5 Things We Learned From Charlie Baker’s Exit Interview


Baker discussed the possibility of running for public office again.

Governor Charlie Baker, his wife Lauren (left), Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and her husband Steve Rodolakis (right), January 4, are pictured on the stairs of the Massachusetts State House during the traditional “solitary walk as he prepares to leave office. , 2022. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker left office Wednesday night, completing his eight years as a top state official.

But before he left, Baker let 7News into his Swampscott home for an interview with him and his wife, Lauren, before starting his new job as NCAA president as well as his family role as a grandfather.

The couple explained why the outgoing governor decided not to run again, what he wanted to be remembered for and whether or not he might run for public office again in the future.

1. One of the reasons he decided not to run anymore was to be more present with his family.

Baker said one of the things he and his wife talked about when deciding whether or not he should run for governor again was how being governor impacted his relationship. with her family.

“There were a lot of days I was here, but I really wasn’t,” he said.

“It’s hard for him to be fully present because the phone is ringing 24 hours a day,” Lauren Baker continued. “There’s always something going on, and Charlie feels really, really responsible for making things happen.”

2. He learned bipartisanship from his parents

Governor Baker said he learned to engage with people from both political parties by watching his parents as a child.

“Mom was a Democrat and Dad was a Republican,” he said. “I learned early on that you can have a conversation and you don’t have to be in agreement all the time. Listening is truly the source of growth and opportunity. »

3. He wants to be remembered for “the job.”

Baker told 7News that the work he is most proud of as governor is helping people struggling with substance abuse disorders.

On Tuesday, it opened 25 new community behavioral health centers and a free crisis hotline for Bay Staters.

“Much of what happened in politics was about noise and not about work,” he said. “Hopefully one of the things that will be remembered is setting a tone that was about work.”

4. People love the outgoing first lady

Lauren Baker is known for creating the Wonderfund, a charity that raises money for children involved with the Ministry of Children and Families, providing them with emergency services, necessities, experiences cultural and holiday gifts.

“For me, it’s always been about the kids,” she said.

“People come up to me all the time and say, ‘I really love you, Governor Baker, but I love your wife,'” Baker said.

5. He keeps his options open to run for office again

Governor Baker told 7News he hasn’t ruled out running for public office again, but he still has months to go before he becomes the new NCAA president.

In the meantime, he said, he will miss interacting with his constituents.

“I will definitely miss the people of Massachusetts more than anything,” he said.

“It’s an incredible difference to deal with people across the Commonwealth who know you inside out because they see you in the news all the time. So they talk to you as if you were their neighbor, good or bad. There’s no job I can think of where you get as close to the people you work with as this one.


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