Corridor Nine breakfast kicks off campaign for Governor
Region – The three men who have announced they will run for Governor in 2010 – former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care chief executive officer Charlie Baker, business owner Christy Mihos, and state treasurer Tim Cahill – participated in a spirited exchange of ideas during the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Candidate’s Breakfast, held earlier this month at Westborough Doubletree Hotel.
Corridor Nine member Mark Donahue, an attorney at Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C., served as moderator of the event. Donahue asked each candidate what changes they would make if they were elected and gave them 10 minutes to share their vision.
Cahill seemed pleased to have the chance to interact with the more than 200 Chamber members in attendance as well as his opponents.
“This our first real opportunity to get together and introduce ourselves,” Cahill said, “and first impressions are important.”
During the exchange of ideas between the candidates Baker and Mihos made it clear they opposed any cutting of local aid to cities and towns in the commonwealth, while Cahill said cutting local aid would be a last resort, but that it, like everything else, was on the table during the current fiscal crisis.
Mihos portrayed himself as being his own man.
“I am going to make this real easy for you,” Mihos said. “If you are looking for an insider, I am not your guy.”
Baker indicated that he felt the state administration needed to take some responsibility for what has happened financially in the state.
“Everyone has been forced to live within their means except for Beacon Hill,” Baker said
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