FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Governor and the Lt. Governor, according to their public schedules released to the media, attended 10 inaugurations this week, but neither Gov. Charlie Baker nor Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito attended the first-ever City of Framingham Inauguration on Janauary 1 at noon.
In April, voters by about 100 votes, agreed to change Framingham from the largest town in the Commonwealth to the newest city.
One of the reasons to move to a city form of government was to give Framingham a seat at the table with the Governor, who have visited Framingham only about a handful of times since being elected, not counting his visits to the bunker at MEMA HQ in Framingham.
On January 1, Governor Baker was scheduled to attend four inauguration events. They were Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh’s inauguration in Boston, with former Vice President Joe Biden at 10 a.m.; Newton Mayor’s Ruthanne Fuller, a Democrat, in Newton at noon, inaugural event for Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll at 2 p.m. and the inauguration of Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtane at 5:30 p.m. Baker is a Republican.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Katherine Clark attended Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer’s inauguration at noon, along with Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Sen. Karen Spilka, Rep. Chris Walsh, Rep. Jack Lewis, and Rep. Carmine Gentile.
Also on January 1, Lt. Governo Polito attended the 10 a.m. inauguration of Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini and then the 2 p.m. Inauguration of Methuen Mayor James Jajuga.
Framingham Inauguration co-chair Erica Mash told Framingham Source both the Massachusetts Governor and Lt. Governor were invited.
The Governor’s office did not respond to Framingham Source on why neither Baker nor Polito attended the first-ever City of Framingham inauguration.
Mash said the entire state leadership was invited, included State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, and U.S. Senator Ed Markey, who told the inauguration committee they could not attend. Goldberg’s loaned one of her aides to the Spicer campaign in 2017.
As a whole, the members of the Framingham Charter Commission were not invited to the historic inauguration. That Commission campaigned a Mayor-Council form of government would give Framingham more access to the Governor and his administration.
Several Commission members were a part of the Framingham inauguration, including Charter Commission Chair Valerie Mulvey, who administered the oath of office to Spicer as City Clerk; but not as Charter Commissioners.
Besides the six inaugurations on Monday, the Governor or Lt. Governor attended four others inaugurations on December 31 and January 2.
- Gov. Baker, along with Sen. Markey attended the inauguration of Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke on December 31.
- Gov, Baker attended the inauguration of Everett Mayor Carlo Demaria Jr. at 6 p.m. on January 2.
- Lt. Governor attended the inauguration of Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella on January 2.