Charlie Baker’s Hypocrisy On Child Welfare

Charlie Baker is not the first politician to exploit the suffering of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable children for political gain, but he might well be the brashest.

It takes no small measure of nerve for a public official with a record of callous indifference to the plight of abused and neglected children to impugn the commitment of a woman who has spent her career championing their cause.

A bureaucrat once in charge of the state’s broken child protection system attacking a prosecutor who for decades has given a voice, in and out of court, to the children the state has failed to protect.

Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, refused last week to disavow a campaign ad by his supporters that accuses Attorney General Martha Coakley, his Democratic rival, of ignoring mismanagement at the Department of Children and Families, with fatal results for those in the care of the state agency, previously known as the Department of Social Services.

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