This week is big in Massachuseetts. Lefty Dem Gov. Deval Patrick steps down and wishy-washy GOP Gov Charlie Baker steps in.
I'll talk Patrick's challenges, successes and stumples. Then I'l get to dish on Baker and the commonwealth's GOP.
A fiirst-time politician, as well as African-American, Patrick wasn't supposed to have even a slim chance of winning eight years ago, then four for the re-election. He did and was reearded with troubles. The terrible nationwide recession hit the high-tech MA particularly hard. The anti-gay sorts kept pushing to overturn same-sex marriage. He inherited big debts. There was the "little" matter of implementing former Gov. Mittt Romney's health plan. It went on and on. Like the Energizer Governor, so did Patrick.
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