“I know some of you here today don’t agree with me here on everything and I get that and I respect that. I believe in the big tent of the Republican Party,” he said.
Fisher pointed out that he is the only gubernatorial candidate who has taken a no-new-taxes pledge, but Baker also addressed taxes.
“We need to get over this notion that state government’s problem is revenue,” said Baker. “State government doesn’t lack resources. It lacks imagination. There are faster, better, cheaper ways to get things done. And they must be identified and pursued.”
Polito was nominated by Republican Governors Councilor Jennie Cassie and Rep. Viriato deMacedo, a Plymouth Republican running to take the seat held by retiring Senate President Therese Murray. DeMacedo was greeted with chants of “Vinny, Vinny!”
“We deserve a state government that reflects the conversations happening at our kitchen tables at home, a government that balances its checkbook, lives within its means and saves for the future,” Polito said.
Patricia Saint Aubin, a Norfolk state committeewoman and the Republican nominee for auditor, picked up where 2010 nominee Mary Connaughton left off during the last election cycle when she narrowly lost to Auditor Suzanne Bump.
Just as Connaughton contrasted her professional experience with Bump’s, Saint Aubin said, “I have a dirty little secret, and that is I have a bachelors in accounting from Providence College and if that is not enough I have an even dirtier little secret than that. I have professionally audited.”
Treasurer candidate Mike Heffernan discussed his desire to boost local aid by running an efficient Lottery and pay down the state’s long-term pension liability, while David D’Arcangelo said he would fight for greater transparency on Beacon Hill.
John Miller also became the GOP nominee for attorney general, while Brian Herr received the endorsement to take on U.S. Senator Edward Markey.