From Allison Mitchell <[email protected]>
Subject MDP WIRE: Baker delivers State of the Commonwealth as COVID response fails MA
Date January 26, 2021 9:16 PM
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Talking points to boost Democrats and take on Baker and his Republican allies.

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Our goal with the MassDems Wire is to give you the tools to boost Democrats and take on Governor Charlie Baker and his Republican allies. Use these talking points on social media, as the basis for a letter to the editor of your local paper, in emails to your personal network, or in conversations with your friends and neighbors.

Tonight at 7:00 PM, Governor Charlie Baker will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth. It's been nearly a year since the first COVID case was detected in Massachusetts, and nearly a year of a disjointed, inconsistent Baker-Polito COVID response.

I just wanted to flag that we just released the memo ([link removed]) below outlining a sampling of the ways the Baker-Polito COVID response has failed the people of Massachusetts, especially the communities hit hardest by this virus.

Tonight, help amplify our message on social media by retweeting us @massdems ([link removed]) , or tweet using your own experiences with #BakerFailure or #BakerPolitoPlaybook. If you're not on social media, contact me (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more ways to can get involved.

Thanks for being part of this,

Allison Mitchell
Communications Director
Massachusetts Democratic Party | @massdems

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From: MassDems Press
Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 2:37 PM
Subject: MASSDEMS MEMO: Baker delivers State of the Commonwealth as COVID response fails MA
To: Allison Mitchell

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Massachusetts Democratic Party
DATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
RE: Baker Delivers State of the Commonwealth as COVID Response Fails MA


This evening, Governor Charlie Baker will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth Address against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic he has mismanaged from the beginning. From the earliest days of the outbreak, Baker’s failures led to Democratic leaders demanding better from the Governor. ([link removed]) Without Democratic officials holding Governor Baker accountable, and stepping in where he refuses to act, the Commonwealth would be worse off in this pandemic.

In less than 12 months, 500K Bay Staters have tested positive for the virus and over 14K have lost their lives. Some people have had to drive an hour or more to their nearest testing site, others are stranded in vaccination deserts. The Baker-Polito COVID response has been disjointed and inconsistent, with local officials begging for more tests, more vaccines, and more guidance and accountability from our Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Tonight, Governor Baker is sure to offer the same, tired platitudes we’ve been hearing for years, but here’s what Governor Baker won’t tell us about the state of our Commonwealth:
* The Baker-Polito COVID vaccination rollout was botched from the beginning and has Massachusetts embarrassingly lagging behind ([link removed]) most other states.
+ Despite its reputation for its best-in-the-nation medical care, Massachusetts now ranks 31st ([link removed]) in the number of people vaccinated per capita.
+ Massachusetts is falling behind every other New England state, with only 5.5% ([link removed]) of residents having received the first dose.
* Baker’s COVID response has failed communities hit hardest by this virus.
+ The Baker-Polito administration held back COVID data by municipality to delay the revelation that communities of color ([link removed]) were being disproportionately affected by the virus.
+ Baker and his administration are failing to collect required data ([link removed]) on race, ethnicity, language, occupation, and disability status of people who test positive for coronavirus.
+ Even after nearly 80 veterans lost their lives to COVID in the tragedy at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, the Baker-Polito administration continued to cover up ([link removed]) data from nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
+ Baker hasn’t prioritized ([link removed]) high risk communities in his vaccine distribution. Vaccination sites in Black, brown, and immigrant communities are few and far between ([link removed]) .
* Baker watched for months as experts warned of a second surge, and cases and deaths climbed.
+ Last month, one of the nation’s most respected public health experts said he was “aghast at [Baker’s] lack of action ([link removed]) .” Even then, Baker only implemented modest precautions.
+ Even after local leaders and health experts pressured Baker to respond to the rising number of cases, Baker only took modest steps before the second surge ([link removed]) . View the statement ([link removed]) from MassDems Chair Gus Bickford.
+ Now, with vaccine distribution lagging, health experts are urging caution ([link removed]) as he lifts COVID guidance.
* Throughout the pandemic, Democrats have pressured Baker to act with more urgency, but he drags his feet every step of the way.
+ Democrats like State Senator Julian Cyr and State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa ([link removed]) called on Baker to provide more resources in ‘testing deserts’ on Cape Cod and in Western Massachusetts.
+ Springfield’s City Councilors ([link removed]) called on the Governor to increase testing to meet the demand in Western Mass.
+ Democratic elected officials in south eastern Massachusetts are taking things into their own hands ([link removed]) to provide tests for their constituents.
+ Local officials begged Baker to take statewide action to stop the spread of COVID, but he ignored those calls ([link removed]) and municipal leaders were left to hold the line against the virus. View the statement ([link removed]) from MassDems Chair Gus Bickford.
+ Congresswoman Pressley ([link removed]) , Congressman Moulton ([link removed]) , and Senate President Spilka ([link removed]) are calling for more clarity and urgency from the Baker-Polito vaccination plan, including more vaccinations in communities of color.
+ As early in the pandemic as March, Baker’s disastrous testing planprompted Attorney General Maura Healey to pressure him to increase testing and provide ([link removed]) greater transparency.

We encourage you to share these talking points with your networks online and offline. Questions about the information outlined above and about the MassDems Wire program may be directed at our Communications Director, Allison Mitchell. (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Wednesday%20Wire)

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