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No Love for Western Mass from Charlie Baker

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Location: Springfield, MA

No Campaign Office, No Western Mass Governor's Office:
Baker Gives Western Mass the Cold Shoulder

On the day of the Western Mass Gubernatorial debate, Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker still doesn't have a campaign office in Western Mass and Baker won't say if he plans to keep the Western Mass Governor's Office open if elected.

A new video from the campaign trail shows Baker dodging each of these questions before telling reporters that he has to leave to get back to Boston. Watch the video

"It is clear that Western Mass is not a priority for Charlie Baker, who hasn't bothered to set up a campaign office in the region," said Lt. Governor Tim Murray. "Now we learn that under a Baker administration, the area could lose the Western Mass Governor's Office, which Governor Patrick and I worked to re-open. It is becoming more and more evident that Charlie is only paying lip-service to the people of Western Mass."

The Patrick-Murray team has shown a true commitment to Western Mass, by re-opening the Western Mass Governor's Office, investing millions in the Holyoke High Performance Computing Center, and funding broadband expansions throughout the region, among many other initiatives.

Meanwhile, Baker has displayed a lack of understanding of the geography of the region. In an interview with Channel 22 in Springfield, Baker cited trips to Grafton and Gardner as evidence of his knowledge of Western Mass. And while the Patrick-Murray ticket has real geographic diversity, Baker and his running mate Richard Tisei live 11 miles apart from each other in the Boston suburbs of Swampscott and Wakefield.

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