Baker to leave presidential ballot blank, but is still very involved in election

Governor showing support for GOP legislative candidates and Question 2; opposition to Question 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker said that he will leave the top of his ballot blank when he goes to vote this year. The governor told 22News Tuesday that he has decided not to support any of the candidates on the ballot for president.

For months, the Republican has said that he does not trust the temperament of party nominee Donald Trump, whom he has pledged not to vote for. He has also been critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying she has problems with her believablity.

“I’m going to be blanking for president. And I’ve never not voted for president. My first vote for president was for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and I’m really discouraged by the whole thing to tell you the truth,” Baker said.

This does not mean that the governor has not been politically active this year, however. Baker has been attending rallies and events for Republican legislative candidates, hoping to hold on to seats and maybe even make some pick-ups in a year in which Democratic turnout is expected to be increased.

He has also been very active when it comes to two of the questions on the state ballot this year. At the Springfield home of Henry Thomas Tuesday, Baker gave a pep talk to supporters of Ballot Question 2, before going door to door to talk to voters. The question would lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Baker has been a vocal proponent of the ballot question, even appearing in television ads supporting it.

The governor opposes Ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Baker is scheduled to meet with Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, as well as other religious leaders in an event opposing the marijuana question, at a Boston church later in the day Tuesday.