- Apr 28, 2020
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Yeah — Poftak is only being “canned” insofar as his boss is being “canned” by the expiration of his term as Governor. (Or his boss’s boss, whatever.) If anything, this is the most opposite thing from being canned: Baker could ask for his resignation now (or at least sooner than basically-Baker’s-last-day), which might at least be seen as a rebuke, even if there would be virtually no material consequences.
This is the shortfall of our particular variety of democracy: there is zero accountability of Governor Baker since he’s already on his way out.
This is accurate, as is F-Line's take. It's an interesting (if counter-factual) thought exercise to wonder if (and how long) Poftak would have lasted if Baker had run again and been re-elected, but nothing more than that. It's plainly obvious that Baker & Company don't think Poftak's done a bad enough job to get fired (and, more likely, their view is that he's done a decent enough job, which probably tells you all you need to know about how much they actually care about the T). It's been eight years since we've last seen it in the State House, but when administrations turn over, you expect to see a bunch of personnel heading for the exits. Poftak is very obviously jumping before he's pushed, which is what usually happens in these weird lame-duck periods, and I don't think should be remarkable at all, other than perhaps as confirmation that Poftak's always been more of a Baker creature than necessarily the most competent person to run the agency (because those ones are the only ones who tend to be able to survive a transition to a new administration).