Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced on Wednesday that he will not vote for President Trump in next month’s presidential election.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Lizzy Guyton, Baker’s communications director, said that the Massachusetts governor “cannot support” the President’s re-election campaign and is “focused on seeing” the state through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He’ll leave the election analysis to the pundits,” Guyton said in the statement, which did not indicate that Baker will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden instead.
The statement came shortly after the Massachusetts governor was pressed during a news conference on who he plans to vote for in next month’s presidential election.
Baker dodged the question, saying that he “may take a pass on that one,” adding “we’ll see” when asked if that means he won’t vote at all.
I asked @MassGovernor how he was voting and “who are you supporting for President?” He responds “you know I think I may take a pass on that one as well.” Adds “We’ll see.” Also he did not vote in 2016. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/nM8IwiMtXG
— Sharman Sacchetti (@SharmanTV) October 14, 2020
This isn’t the first time that the Massachusetts governor has come out against Trump.
Last March, the Republican governor threw cold water on the President’s hopes of having Americans back at work by Easter (which was April 12) just weeks after COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.
“I heard what the President said today about dominating and fighting,” Baker said in June. “I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him, but I’m not.’”
The President eventually got around to attacking Baker last month after the Republican governor rebuked Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November presidential election.
RINO Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is unsuccessfully trying to defend Mail In Ballots, when there is fraud being found all over the place. Just look at some of the recent races, or the Trump Ballots in Pennsylvania that were thrown into the garbage. Wrong Charlie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2020