BOSTON (CBS) — While many have been preoccupied by the presidential race, there’s been a lot going on up on Beacon Hill.
The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, State Rep. Robert DeLeo, sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to discuss the goings-on in the House.
Jon brought up State Sen. Jamie Eldridge’s recent comments that “There are plenty of conservative Democrats who have been elected, unchallenged, for years if not decades, including at the local and legislative level.”
Jon said Eldridge was talking, in large part, about the House. But DeLeo said “divergent views” within the party were important.
“I have always felt pride in the fact that the Massachusetts Democratic Party, I felt and I still feel, has a wide tent in terms of who is inclusive in our party,” DeLeo said. “We can have the liberals, we can have the moderates, we can have the conservatives, and we call all work together for the benefit of the party.”
DeLeo said he hopes to see some new Democrats in the House after November’s election.
“We’ll see how many seats, hopefully, that we gain or keep, and have some good new young blood coming in, we look forward to working with them,” said DeLeo.
Keller and DeLeo also discussed the Speaker’s relationship with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and talked a bit about the presidential election.
You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.