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Why Won’t Maura Healey Disclose When She’s Going Out of State?  She Won’t Say

November 20, 2023

Governor Maura Healey wouldn’t say why her office is no longer disclosing beforehand when she is planning to leave Massachusetts when she was asked about it recently.

“I’m not going to speak to ongoing, you know, security issues or assessments. I am proud to be able to both, you know, provide the level of disclosure in terms of what I’m doing, what I’m up to, that’s important. That’s not changing whatsoever,” Healey said during an interview broadcast Sunday, November 19 on an NBC10 show called @Issue.

The governor’s office in recent decades has routinely announced when the governor is travelling out of state, which triggers a move in the chain of command in the state government’s executive branch. When the governor leaves the state, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor temporarily; when both the governor and the lieutenant governor are out of state, the Secretary of State becomes acting governor.

But on Thursday, November 9, Healey’s office told State House News Service that it had stopped making public announcements about the Healey’s out-of-state travel sometime before because of unstated security concerns – notably, the governor’s office did not announce a trip Healey made to North Carolina for a Democratic Governors’ Association meeting in early October. The trip came to light more than a month after the fact because of a disclosure Healey made with the State Ethics Commission, according to State House News Service.

The NBC10 show’s co-host Cory Smith asked Healey whether she is fearful about travelling outside of Massachusetts.

“I’m not going to speak to any of that,” Healey replied.

 

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