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opinion | Heather Hopp-Bruce

New Year’s resolutions for Charlie Baker

Hal Mayforth

His basketball career is a few years backcourt, so Baker will be training for a new event: Competitive Hosting. He’ll need determination to steer Boston’s bid in a direction that protects Massachusetts taxpayers — or the political muscle required to pull the plug on the whole venture.

Hal Mayforth

Mark Wahlberg is seeking forgiveness for racial assaults he made in Dorchester as a teenager. Merits of the plea aside, the request has become such a controversial hot potato that Baker should find a way to tactfully drop it.

Hal Mayforth

In an October debate, Baker choked up when recalling a 2009 encounter with a fisherman whose sons’ lives were “ruined” when they became fishermen themselves. The story had some fuzzy details, such as the existence of its main character, but Baker seems to have a passion for the industry and should follow through with some real fishermen face time.

Hal Mayforth
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Speaking of face, Baker lost quite of bit of it when he called a female FOX 25 reporter “sweetheart” on camera in September. He quickly apologized, but we’re still cringing. You know when men call other men they don’t know “boss”? That’s what it feels like.

Hal Mayforth

As a blue-state governor who is pro-choice, supports gun control, and marches in gay pride parades, Baker will need to dig out his red ties for the 2015 Republican Governors Association Conference in Las Vegas. If he’s lucky, maybe it will move to Wyoming, which legalized same-sex marriage in October. Although he’d better get a handle on that “sweetheart” thing before he goes. Women there are much more likely to be armed.