"The other major story today, aside from the death of Lyndon Johnson...and the hopes for peace in Vietnam, is the decision of the United States Supreme Court."
1/22/73 NBC Nightly News coverage of the Roe v. Wade decision
Also Elliot Richardson, who had been MA AG before serving in the Nixon and Ford admins in the '70s, later lost MA GOP primary for the US Senate in '84. The last AG to seek and win higher office in MA was Ed Brooke, elected to the US Senate in '66.
Baker won a landslide re-election in 2018 and his approval rating was 56% in a UMass poll just last week. Big problem for him has been that what's made him broadly popular in deep blue MA - most notably opposition to Trump - has alienated the much smaller MA GOP universe
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he won’t seek a third term as governor of Massachusetts. Baker's decision comes near the end of a second grueling year in which his singular focus has been trying to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. apne.ws/q2mNoGQ
UMass poll gave Baker just a 41% approval rating from GOP voters, with 48% calling him a liberal.
A recent Northwind Strategies (D) poll had him with a 23% favorable rating among R's; PPP/DGA (D) had it at 30% in Oct. - w/ Baker trailing GOP foe Geoff Diehl 50-29% in a primary
Baker's formula of social liberalism/fiscal moderation/distance from natl GOP has been a winning one for MA GOP in Gov races going back to Bill Weld, generally provoking grumbling on the right but no revolt of this scale probably since Avi Nelson challenged Sen. Ed Brooke in '78:
It’s always seemed off to me that so many coaches end up leaving before bowl games and recruiting for new schools while their old one is still playing, even though I get the necessity. But it’d be a whole new level for one to leave with his team alive for the national title.
"They held off a long time...in the fear that some of the more flamboyant would use the House floor as a stage to play to the cameras. But there almost aren't any flamboyant politicians anymore."
March 1979 NBC News report on the House of Representatives allowing TV cameras:
Back in the early stages of the 2006 cycle, Oz became active in NJ GOP politics and there was talk he’d run for the Senate. But when Tom Kean Jr. stepped forward and R’s quickly coalesced around him, Oz demurred.