Dukakis: Baker will likely continue Patrick’s work

Former governor says Massachusetts voters are "notorious ticket splitters"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D)

BOSTON (State House News Service) – While outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick this fall accused candidate Charlie Baker of having an “authenticity problem,” the last Democrat to cede the Corner Office to a Republican sees Baker continuing much of the work Patrick has been involved in over the past eight years.

“I think a lot of what he will do is consistent with what Deval has done. He’s a guy that’s going to continue a lot of this work,” Gov. Michael Dukakis told WCVB’s “On the Record,” which aired Sunday morning.

Dukakis didn’t mention Baker’s opposition to new taxes and Patrick’s record of tax increases, but described Baker as “relatively moderate” and called Massachusetts voters “notorious ticket splitters,” an apparent nod to victories by Republicans in four gubernatorial elections in the past 24 years combined with overwhelming success for Democrats in races for other offices. “He’s no Tea Party guy,” Dukakis said, referring to Baker. “And from time to time, we vote for these kinds of folks.”

Dukakis said he and former Gov. William Weld intend to seek Baker’s endorsement of an underground link between North Station and South Station in Boston and Dukakis identified public infrastructure as an area that Patrick has focused on while Baker “hasn’t really been that involved.”

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