At 2018 convention in Worcester, Massachusetts Dems take aim at Gov. Charlie Baker


Jay Gonzalez, a former aide to ex-Gov. Deval Patrick, won the support of most delegates at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention as the party seeks to re-take the governor’s office from Republican Charlie Baker.

Bob Massie, an environmental activist, picked up enough support to qualify for the ballot.

The Democratic primary is Tuesday, Sept. 4, and the winner is expected to face off against Baker, who faces his own primary challenge in controversial pastor Scott Lively.

Quentin Palfrey, a former Obama administration official, and comedian Jimmy Tingle, two candidates running for lieutenant governor, also qualified for the Sept. 4 ballot.

Both Gonzalez and Massie took swipes at Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito during the convention, saying the Republican administration should be taking a stronger stance against President Donald Trump.

Gonzalez, who received 70 percent of delegates’ support, charged that Baker “hides behind the chaos that Trump creates” while failing to fix state government.

“Not being crazy is not good enough,” Gonzalez said, while Massie hit Baker for not appearing at marches opposing Trump.

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