A look at the Governor’s race up in Massachusetts with Republican Charlie Baker….
A Republican-backed super PAC that poured millions into Baker’s 2014 victory is splashing a cheery, 32-second spot across local televisions, touting his lofty polling and the state’s humming economy. The outside group, known as the Commonwealth Future Independent Expenditure PAC, spent $11.7 million on ads on his race four years ago, fueled predominantly by donations from the Republican Governors Association.
A spokeswoman for Commonwealth Future, Jamie Rhoades, declined to say how much the RGA has contributed this cycle or how much in ads it has committed to Baker’s race. But the number is expected to be significant.
According to a Democratic media consultant who’s reviewed recent ad buys, the PAC has reserved approximately $5 million worth of cable and broadcast air time through October — a substantial amount, especially when combined with $4.3 million Baker’s campaign itself has reserved.
Scott Ferson, a Democratic strategist, said the early investment of the super PAC — which can raise unlimited amounts of money — is a sign that “you can’t take Massachusetts for granted if you’re a Republican.”….