Charlie Baker’s “ne plus ultrasound” running mate?

2014 gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is out to correct mistakes he made in his last run, including losing the women’s vote by an estimated 24 percent. Ouch.

In a trial balloon launched a few days ago, Republican officials wondered if selecting State Representative Betty Poirier (R-North Attleboro) as his running mate could help Baker make up some of that ground:

“Baker is a man, Poirier is a woman. Baker is from the northern end of the state, Poirier is from the south. Baker is a moderate on social issues, Poirier is a conservative. Baker is an executive, Poirier is a legislator. It would be a brilliantly balanced ticket.”

A brilliantly balanced ticket, maybe, but would Poirier’s balance help Baker? She is, after all, the longtime lead sponsor of Laura’s Law, a bill that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions until the pregnant woman has been informed of her right to see an ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat of her unborn child.

Very hard to imagine Baker inviting a discussion of fetal ultrasounds in order to attract more female voters. (And another issue for the former Mr. Harvard Pilgrim — should their cost be covered under managed care health insurance plans?)

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