Republican Massachusetts governor to skip fundraiser with Pence

Republican Massachusetts governor to skip fundraiser with Pence
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The Republican governor of Massachusetts is skipping a major GOP fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday featuring Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceProtests serve as backdrop to Erdoğan's visit to White House Trump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats announce public impeachment hearings with eight witnesses next week MORE.

Gov. Charlie Baker has said that he will miss the event because his “calendar has other stuff on it.” But prominent Massachusetts Republicans are criticizing Baker for what they see as an effort to distance himself from the Trump administration ahead of his reelection campaign.

Mary Lou Daxland, president of the state’s Republican Assembly, told the Boston Herald that Baker’s move was “insulting.”

“I think that’s absolutely a disgrace that he’s snubbing the vice president,” Daxland told the newspaper.

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Pence and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel are both appearing at the event. Baker and the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito, won't greet Pence at the airport, and neither are attending the fundraiser, according to the Boston Herald.

The fundraiser is expected to raise half a million dollars for the RNC-Trump campaign partnership, Trump Victory. For a minimum donation of $15,000, donors are offered a photo op with the vice president.

Baker has criticized the Trump administration and has been public about not voting for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE, the Herald noted.

“Show some respect,” former Sen. Robert Smith (R-N.H.) told the paper. “If you’re afraid to be seen with your vice president then join the other party.”