Geoff Diehl Considering 2022 Run for Governor of Massachusetts

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Former state representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) may end up running for governor in 2022.

The Republican has been reaching out to political allies about potentially primarying Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker, who may seek a third term.

Stephanie Murray of Politico reported the news on Friday afternoon, and a New Boston Post reporter spoke to a source familiar with the situation who has known Diehl for years on Friday afternoon who confirmed the news.

New Boston Post also received a tip on December 5 from someone who spoke to someone close to Diehl, saying that he was interested in running against Baker.

Diehl recently got a job as the director of business development for A1 Auto. Rick Green, founder of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, owns the company. Green ran for a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts’s Third District in 2018. 

As for a potential run, Diehl told Politico, “My focus is on contributing to that company and I guess leave those rumors alone for now. You know, you never say never to anything.”

Elected as a state representative in 2010, Diehl served in that post from 2011 to 2019. He was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2016 and received 36.2 percent of the vote to Warren’s 60.3 percent.

Diehl represents the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District on the Republican state committee. He won the post with 74 percent of the vote back in March. His wife Kathy Jo Boss serves as the state committeewoman in the same district.

It’s unclear if Baker will seek a third term but if he does, it would be the third straight election where he faced a primary challenger.

In 2018, Baker received 63.8 percent of the primary vote while his more conservative challenger Springfield pastor Scott Lively got 36.1 percent. Lively ran as a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun Republican.