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Baker running away from record on immigration, outsourcing Massachusetts jobs

CHARLESTOWN - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Tonight, Republican Charlie Baker failed to show-up at an important forum hosted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) at Bunker Hill Community College focused on immigration, justice and equality.  Baker had previously confirmed his attendance to organizers. 

Tonight's no-show follows the news today that Baker outsourced over 600 jobs while CEO of Harvard Pilgrim, including moving some IT and help desk jobs from Massachusetts to India. Baker later went on to accept an “Outsourcing Excellence Award” in 2008 while touting the benefits of the outsourcing program.

It also follows a press conference held today by Lieutenant Governor candidate Steve Kerrigan, Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, and other community leaders in which they pointed out Baker running-mate Karyn Polito's extreme record on immigration, and Baker's failed leadership on issues like overseeing the Department of Social Services and welfare reform.

"It is clear that Charlie Baker is running away from his record on immigration and avoiding questions on new revelations that he outsourced good Massachusetts jobs to India," said Coakley Campaign Manager Tim Foley. "He can't handle the questions about his record, so he chooses to go into hiding once again. We keep hearing about the 'new' Charlie, but ignoring the important issues facing the immigrant community sure seems like the same old Tea Party Republican that ran in 2010."

Coakley understands the challenges facing the immigrant community in Massachusetts. She has worked closely with the immigrant community to effectively address problems like domestic violence and gangs, and to protect workers from being exploited. 


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