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Former President Donald Trump endorses Geoff Diehl in bid for governor

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© Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger A 2018 file photo of Geoff Diehl, of Whitman, who is now running for governor.

WHITMAN — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican Geoff Diehl, a former South Shore state representative, in his bid for governor. 

Diehl threw his hat into the ring in the governor’s race in July after much speculation about whether he would run. Diehl previously ran a failed campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. 

“Geoff Diehl will be an outstanding Governor for the state of Massachusetts, and it is my honor to give him my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement.

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The former president also blasted Gov. Charlie Baker, calling him a “Rino” — Republican in name only. Baker has yet to announce whether he will seek a third term and has on occasion been critical of the former president. 

“(Baker)  has done nothing for the Republican Party and has driven Massachusetts energy costs into, by far, the highest in the Nation—monthly electric bills, and all else, are not even close to being where they should be,” Trump said. “Baker is bad on crime, disrespects our police, does nothing for our Veterans, has totally botched the Vaccination rollout, presided over the collapse of the MBTA, and has seen crime go to record levels.”

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Diehl represented the 7th Plymouth District – which includes Whitman, Abington and part of East Bridgewater – from 2011 to 2019, and co-chaired Donald Trump’s Massachusetts election campaign in 2016. He had previously told The Patriot Ledger he would not seek out Trump’s endorsement, but welcomed it in a statement Tuesday.

“Like President Trump, I want to ensure a strong economy fed by the success of small businesses,” Diehl said. “I want families to feel safe in their communities, knowing that law enforcement is being supported with the tools and training they need. And, like the President, I want people to feel like government isn’t working against them and that they can enjoy the individual freedoms our state and country were founded upon.”

On the Democratic side, state Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, former state senator Ben Downing, and Harvard professor Danielle Allen have all announced they will run for governor. It also has been long speculated that state Attorney General Maura Healey will jump into the race, but she hasn’t yet formally announced a run. 

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Joe Difazio can be reached at jdifazio@patriotledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @jldifazio.

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