Setti Warren to Baker: Pick a Side in Senate Race

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BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Setti Warren is looking to put Gov. Charlie Baker on blast over the Swampscott Republican’s apparent noncommittal stance when it comes to the GOP’s efforts to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. 

Baker, however, indicated that his disinclination will not necessarily extend past the primary, which is quickly becoming a crowded field, currently featuring Whitman state Rep. Geoff Diehl, Republican operative Beth Lindstrom, Winchester businessman John Kingston, Mashpee resident Allen Waters, and the self-proclaimed inventor of email Shiva Ayyadurai. 

“I don’t get involved in primaries as a general rule and I certainly won’t get involved in that one,” Baker told the State House News Service on Monday.

Warren, currently the mayor of Newton, on Tuesday pounced on Baker’s decision to hold off on involving himself in the Senate race. In a prepared statement provided to the New Boston Post, Warren made it clear where his allegiances lie:

​”I do not plan to stay out of the Massachusetts Senate race. I plan to support and work hard to re-elect Sen. Elizabeth Warren. There is too much going on in the world right now to shrug your shoulders and throw you hands in the air when we’re talking about who should represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. I’m proud to stand with Sen. Warren because she fights hard every day for the people of the Commonwealth.”

The field of Democrats looking to unseat Baker in 2018 also feature multiple entries. Other candidates who have officially declared include Somerville activist Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez, who served as administration and finance chief under former Governor Deval Patrick.