PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is planning to attend her Massachusetts counterpart’s inauguration next month as part of an effort to forge ties between the new leaders of the two states, WPRI.com has confirmed.
Raimondo plans to make the trip to Boston on Jan. 8 so she can be on hand when Mass. Gov.-elect Charlie Baker gets sworn in, Raimondo spokeswoman Cara Cromwell said Thursday.
“Gov.-elect Raimondo looks forward to working with the Baker administration in a bipartisan way to address cross-border issues and to strengthen our regional efforts to foster economic growth and create jobs,” Cromwell told WPRI.com in an email.
And it looks like the show of support may be reciprocated. Baker is aiming to attend Raimondo’s Jan. 6 inauguration in Providence if he can work out the scheduling, his spokesman Tim Buckley told WPRI.com on Thursday.
Raimondo and Baker were already together earlier this month as part of a group of governors-elect who visited the White House for an Oval Office meeting with President Obama.
While the two incoming governors are members of different political parties – Raimondo is a Democrat, Baker is a Republican – they both previously worked in the venture-capital industry.
Nor is this the first sign of some mutual admiration between them: Baker donated $1,000 to Raimondo’s campaign in June 2013, R.I. Board of Elections filings show.
The two governors-elect will likely need to work together once they take office. To take one example, New England’s governors have been working for a year now on a coordinated effort to expand the region’s energy supply – an initiative that is taking on more urgency as electric rates soar this winter.