Charlie looking strong

April 21, 2010
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Swampscott’s Charlie Baker, the man who would be governor, scored an impressive victory over the weekend at the Massachusetts Republican convention.

He blew rival Christy Mihos out of the water, which was not exactly unexpected.

Baker now stands alone as the Republican nominee for governor.

Obviously, this is of great interest to many Lynn voters.

Early on, Baker has looked a like a sure winner.

Lately his popularity has fallen a bit and Tim Cahill, running as an Independent, has gained.

The governor has remained the same.

With big money in his election account and because he’s raising more than a few hundred thousand per month, Baker is the perceived next governor of Massachusetts by all those tired of state government and of the democrats.

But Baker is going to find that becoming governor is not so easy a task as simply putting one’s name on the ballot.

The governor is not going to roll over.

Cahill is not going to go away.

The governor is now fully engaged in his re-election bid.

Something has to give.

We’re not sure what that is.

Baker will not be swept into office by acclamation.

He’s our next door neighbor but we hardly know him.

He has a long way to go – but we don’t think he knows this.

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