A Republican governor who has been a fierce critic of President Trump’s first term in the Oval Office clarified that he will not be voting for the president this election year.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who has bipartisan support in the solid-blue state, responded to criticism following a press conference on Thursday during which he told reporters he would “take a pass” on announcing who he intends to vote for this in this presidential election cycle.
In a statement released hours after the exchange with reporters, Baker communications director Lizzy Guyton ended any speculation about the governor’s position regarding Trump.
“The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic,” Baker’s office said in a statement released following the conference. “He’ll leave the election analysis to the pundits.”
Baker joins fellow Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont who announced in August that he would not vote for Trump. Popular two-term