The Boston Herald

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez appeared on Boston Herald Radio’s “The Rundown” program yesterday, where he discussed the Tufts Medical Center nurses strike, and Gov. Baker’s recent comments on immigration.

Q: What’s your stance on the Tufts Medical Center strike? There was a deal offered and the nurses certainly didn’t accept it.

A: Well, I’m concerned … I think we need them to get to a resolution and into an agreement that is fair for both parties. And one of my concerns is this is an area for real leadership from the governor. … There certainly is precedent for governors helping out in situations like this and playing a role to help facilitate getting a resolution that works for everybody. We’re talking about an institution, Tufts Medical Center, that’s critical for the people of Boston … and if Gov. Baker had stepped up and proactively played a role in helping to get the parties to a fair resolution then maybe we wouldn’t be in this situation today.

Q: You put out a statement yesterday focused on Charlie Baker’s immigration policies and one of the things you said is “Charlie Baker has not been a leader when it comes to standing up to Donald Trump’s discriminatory immigration policies.” What is your take on the Safe Communities Act and what do you think should be done here in the commonwealth as a whole in respect to illegal immigration?

A: The very first piece of legislation I supported as a candidate is the Safe Communities Act. It basically says that state and local law enforcement resources should be focused on state and local laws and keeping our communities safe and not doing the work of federal immigration officials, which is not their job. … When Baker came into office, he ordered state police to detain immigrants. He opposed Syrian refugees resettling in Massachusetts. And he has consistently opposed the Safe Communities Act. But the other pattern we get with Gov. Baker is one of complete political caution and the unwillingness to take a stand on issues depending on who he’s talking to. Yesterday, when he was meeting with a group of Latinos, he basically reversed his position on Safe Communities and said well, maybe he’d be open to supporting it. And then a little bit later his staff walked that back and said, “No, he opposes it.”


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