BOSTON (SHNS) – Fresh off a trip to Tennessee for Republican Governors Association meetings, Gov. Charlie Baker is still not yet saying if he’ll run for re-election in 2022.
“That’s something the lieutenant governor and I and our families are going to talk about, but we’ve been really focused on this,” Baker said Friday after signing an order to rescind the COVID-19 state of emergency on June 15.
Earlier this week, people close to Baker told the News Service his re-engagement with the RGA could be a sign that he is leaning in the direction of running for a third term but that he had yet to share a final decision with top aides.
Baker has often pointed to the responsibilities of pandemic management when asked about his electoral plans, deflecting a question that’s been a topic of speculation as other Republicans and Democrats alike weigh entry into the next gubernatorial race.
“We’ll have that conversation at some point, but honestly the focus for both the lieutenant governor and me has really been COVID and all of the things that come with it,” Baker said last week, fielding a re-election question during a radio interview.
On Friday, a reporter asked Baker if his characterization of the crisis as “pretty much over” means he’s decided whether he will run.
“That’s pretty clever,” Baker replied, before going on to say he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito would first talk with their families.