With Gov. Baker Leaving, GOP Brahmins Out, Kennedys Back in Massachusetts

Hours after Charlie Baker announced Wednesday he would not seek reelection as governor of Massachusetts next year, two observations were increasingly heard by the Bay State’s punditocracy.

First, there was a growing conclusion “Brahmins” — blue-blooded liberal Republicans from Ivy League schools such as Baker – would soon be extinct; second, former Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., would revive his family’s political dynasty by running for the nearly sure-to-be open office of state attorney general.

After two terms in the statehouse, Baker, 65, was becoming known nationwide as the Democrats’ favorite Republican. He oversaw record-high investments in affordable housing and a state indoor and outdoor masking law that ended in May.

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