Governor Charlie Baker scoffs at possibility of serving in US cabinet role

In a missed bromance opportunity with former Boston mayor and now U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker laughed Thursday about wanting to serve in the U.S. cabinet after his second term as governor ends.

“I don’t think about things like that at all,” Baker said during an interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston. “I’m thinking about the legislative agenda, the work ahead of us and what we need to do to keep the Commonwealth moving forward and out of the kind of aftershocks of the pandemic.”

Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced in December that they would not seek a third term. But a recent Morning Consult survey found Baker to be the nation’s most popular governor, with an approval rating of 74%.

Baker said on Thursday he would back candidates in other races at least until he leaves office – but after that the extent of his political involvement, and what his family decides, remains an open question. .

The Republican leader, who regularly reminds people he is 65, is not interested in running for office again, describing it as a career path with “pretty slim” likelihood.

Baker has yet to finalize his personal post-governor plans.

The governor — who traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with Biden administration officials and took a family ski trip to Utah earlier this year — lamented that he didn’t not left Massachusetts “hardly at all” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To tell you the truth, I really haven’t figured out what I’m looking forward to,” Baker said. “But the one thing my wife and I agree on is that when it’s all over, she and I are going to spend time together doing something – we don’t know what – for a period of time that exceeds a few days.”

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