Unhealthy position

Charlie Baker’s job could haunt him.

By Charles P. Pierce
November 1, 2009

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The third installment in a continuing series containing advice to the prospective candidates in a gubernatorial race about which it’s too early to be writing. Dear Charlie Baker: It’s not going to be easy being you for a year or so. Already, Christy Mihos, once the World’s Happiest Human, has begun to gnaw on your ankles because he claims you’ve hired Ron Kaufman to work your campaign. Why that’s his business is anybody’s guess. But if you want ol’ Chocolate Pants to work his magic for you, and to remind the Commonwealth of the good old days under Bill Weld’s largely phantasmagorical leadership, well, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. However, now that you’re finally taking yourself out for a spin -- I think the first time I heard your name mentioned as a candidate, people wanted you to run against Chub Peabody -- you might want to think about confronting the fact that you’ve spent the last decade running a health insurance company. I know the whole health care thing has been muddled because the Democrats are feckless and the Republicans are nuts, but most folks I know don’t speak of their health insurance company without crossing themselves three times and hanging garlic around their necks. You might want to show yourself in the daylight or demonstrate that your reflection can indeed be seen in a mirror. Just sayin’.

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