NECN One-on-One with Charlie Baker

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April 6, 2012, 10:23 pm

(NECN: Alison King) - Charlie Baker has spent enough time thinking about his failed 2010 bid for governor.

The Republican nominee, who lost to incumbent Deval Patrick, has moved on and is now working at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm in Cambridge, Mass.

"The most fundamental thing to me about the whole race was the Governor ran a great campaign," said Baker.

Baker declined all interviews after the election, which is remembered more this week for the drama that played out surrounding Tim Cahill, the former Mass. State Treasurer who was indicted Monday on ethics charges - a topic Baker declined to comment on. NECN set up the interview before the Cahill story broke.

In fact, the only TV time Baker has seen this year was when he made a cameo appearance, unbeknownst to him, in a recent 60 Minutes story on rock band Aerosmith.

"I remember that concert, I know exactly when that was," said Baker. "Providence Civic Center. We fought our way to the front row. It was like an August concert. It was 5,000 degrees in there and they were hosing the people in the front row down to cool us off. We had a great time."

Baker has stayed out of the political spotlight, but did notice a recent MassINC report which shows the Bay State has lost 150,000 jobs between 2000 and 2010.

"We are no where as focused as we should be on doing the things we need to do to be competitive economically," said Baker.

Is Baker considering another go for the Governor's office in the 2014 gubernatorial race?

"I'm going to make that decision based on conversations with my wife and what else is going on in my life and whether or not I think it would matter and it would make a difference, and I think that's so far away," said Baker.

That would be a definite "maybe."

Obviously, Baker will be watching to see who the competition might be, but it seems more Democrats are being ruled out than in.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray has had significant problems related to a 5 a.m. speeding accident, Attorney General Martha Coakley just committed to running for re-election and no other big name Democrats have surfaced.

"The notion that they won't run a really well financed, well organized candidate for every statewide office in 2014 is ridiculous, so I fully expect that they'll get their act together and figure that out," said Baker.

My instincts say Charlie Baker will be the Republican nominee in 2014.

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