Day #81

Around the Governor for 80 days

I got to thinking on my day off yesterday…

What does it mean to be an elected official?

  • Does it mean you are beholden to no one lest you be beholden to everyone?
  • Does it mean that there are issues you view so small you won’t even put your best intern on it?
  • Does it mean you can ignore the things you don’t care about—forever—no matter what?

What does it mean to be a constituent?

  • What do elected officials owe us as part of their responsibilities of office?
  • What kind of access to elected officials are constituents due?

I have, apparently, had my expectations way too low in terms of how Governor Baker could/should have handled me waiting in his office. The more people I talk to the more I get the feeling that my naiveté regarding the questions above have allowed me to make too many excuses on Gov. Baker’s behalf:

  • He’s too busy.
  • His schedule is crazy.
  • Of course he couldn’t take a moment to talk to me, even as he saw me repeatedly over time.
  • Of course I can only talk to Constituent Services, that makes sense.
  • I’ll have to wait until he’s ready to make a meeting date. That’ll happen, right?

The reality of the situation is just like dating: he’s just not that into me.

Let me unpack that statement:

He should be into all of this as thousands of Massachusetts residents have taken time out of their lives for over two years to act against this compressor (and other ill-advised gas infrastructure/funding schemes) by marching, calling, writing, showing up, rallying, social media-storming, etc.

But he has not once willingly addressed any of us.

Think about that. What kind of elected official acts like this when it makes him look so bad to ignore all of us for so long?

I have come to the frightening realization that Governor Baker is not the “nice guy” everyone makes him out to be… at least not as far as his job goes.

I assumed that Governor Baker was operating under certain restrictions that possibly kept him from doing the things we all wished he would do. I assumed he had some sort of good will towards Weymouth’s compressor troubles, and wanted to help but was trying to figure out a way how. I assumed he cared.

You know what people say when you assume things… it makes an ASS out of U and ME.

Today will be day 81 of waiting to have a meeting with Governor Baker.

One week has passed (as of yesterday) since our live radio conversation on Ask the Governor. I’ve personally heard nothing from Baker’s office regarding a site visit nor a meeting with me. Is this yet another set things he doesn’t care about and will ignore?

I feel like The Invisible Constituent, and I know I’m not alone in that feeling. Ignoring constituents seems to be one of Governor Baker’s bad habits, and that’s “Sad!”

(This was a letter I turned in today)


Day #80

Quick bit, more on day 80 later: I’m celebrating day 80 by going to the dentist 😂

I will be “out of the office” tomorrow (Thursday).

Day 80 was quiet. I brought a #flashback #throwback letter with me from the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), which was the catalyst for my Baker-sitting. All of would not have happened had Gov. Baker listened to thousands (not kidding) of his constituents and been on top of this ill-conceived compressor proposal from the get-go.

All he had to do (in my opinion) was have his EFSB request a rehearing from FERC regarding the conditional permit. EFSB is an intervenor in this project, and had all rights and reasons to “intervene”. But, nope, it didn’t happen, and here we are.



Day #79

Mothers Out Front is joining me today at the State House! If you find yourself in the neighborhood, please feel free to join us. Information on the action is here:

Mothers Out Front Action at the State House!

Today, July 11 at NOON

What: Mothers Stand With Andrea. Andrea Honore is mom from Weymouth who has been waiting for over 70 days to talk to Governor Baker about the proposed compressor station in her community.. So far, he has ignored her.  Tuesday, July 11, Mothers Out Front will bring 50 moms to line the halls in front of Baker’s office.

When: Tuesday, July 11,  12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

  • 12:00 pm: Mothers Out Front will meet with mothers from the Fore River Basin in front of the Statehouse, to listen to speakers and to mother’s stories.
  • We will proceed to 3rd floor hall in front of the Governor’s office. We’ll stand along the hall, with a message from mothers to the governor about the compressor station.
  • 2:00pm – After the action we invite you to make short videos urging Governor Baker to take action.

Who: Mothers Out Front across Massachusetts, plus friends and allies who want to support the voice of mothers. Invite a friend! Fathers, uncles, sons and grandfathers are welcome!

I will be able to link to some pictures and video later today and/or tomorrow.


I cannot write much more right now, but I wanted to say it was an incredible success! 106 people came to stand silently, lining the hallways right outside the Governor’s office.

Absolutely fantastic!

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As an aside, the press page has gone bonkers (well, to me it has)… more stories coming.

I’m still processing what happened yesterday. It was so lovely in so many ways. From the exquisite organization and execution from Mothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate, to the people that showed up from all over eastern Massachusetts, especially our neighbors in Hingham, and the original gangsters in this fight, Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station. 106 people came to stand with me and to stand up for Weymouth. (that’s all of us lining up to go in!)


The security guards complimented us on our excellent decorum, and the State Trooper never batted an eyelash at us. That’s pretty darned good considering how many people we had in that hallway! The picture below is from a Hingham resident… that bright light at the end of the corridor is the Governor’s waiting room.


There is a wonderful video shot by MOF here… I managed to not be at my post so I didn’t make the video, typical me. I was trying to get my own video, unsuccessfully. I ran out of memory… I need to leave it to the pros.

A nice summary from Becky Haugh – Weymouth District 1 Town Councilor:
This has been a very energized week for the fight against the proposed Weymouth compressor station. Andrea Honore of FAE – Families Against Enbridge has gotten a lot of press for her #SitwithAndrea movement. Today, over 100 people from FRRACS, Mothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate, Hingham Against the Compressor Station and other groups joined Andrea on Day 79 of her sit-in.

There have been multiple news stories about our grassroots efforts – which have been on-going for 2 1/2 years. From flyer drops, lawn sign campaigns, local weekly protests, lobbying politicians, multiple meetings and public hearings, written comments to a dozen agencies, Statehouse trips, Andrea’s daily protest, people’s engagement on social media – and the list goes on – so many people have devoted a lot of time, energy and personal money fighting for what we know is right.

We hope Governor Baker can acknowledge our concern and fight. We hope he is willing to join every elected official who represents North Weymouth and beyond to recognize why siting a compressor station in Weymouth is a very poor decision and not in the best interest of the residents here directly impacted nor the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

I would also add:
I hope that Governor Baker will acknowledge that his inaction in all of this has caused a MA town–that can least afford to spend money on non-town services–to spend half a million dollars fighting this crappy proposal.


Day #78 (late)

Lively day today! The State House News Service picked up on the Ask the Governor call from last Thursday. SHNS is not letting any part of this story slide. There have been 3 mentions of this action in 3 days.

First, a little pretty State House scenery (and my feet, LOL)


I brought an opinion article with me from CommonWealth Magazine called The invisible hand of Gordon van Welie. If you don’t know who that is, you can join the club. I’m just becoming familiar with who he is, and what exactly ISO-NE stands for.

ISO is Independent System Operator for all of New England, which is “in charge of keeping the lights on throughout the region, coordinating the flow of electricity to power plants.” Mr. van Welie is the CEO of ISO. As you can see in the article, for whatever reason, Mr. van Welie wants New England to “overbuild” gas pipelines.

Not so fast.

As mentioned in Day 65, ISO-NE can absolutely avoid the gas infrastructure by starting to modernize the grid. As the article puts it:
Committing to gas under the auspices of maintaining reliability in the near term will result in sunk costs and stranded assets in the long term. Surely the dollars spent to build out such infrastructure and the time devoted to promoting more gas as a solution could be better spent adequately planning for more, cheaper efficiency, clean renewables and necessary infrastructure, and building a smarter grid.

The closure last month of Massachusetts’ lone remaining coal plant is an opportunity to think innovatively and plan for a future powered by clean resources rather than one tethered to the past.

It’s time for van Welie’s perspective to evolve with the times.




Day #77 (late)

Pretty quiet on the “meeting scheduling” front. The whole State House is enmeshed in budget negotiations–the state budget is late. But, I’m making excuses for the Governor, LOL. His office can schedule something, especially since I wrote a very long and detailed letter requesting a site visit and a meeting for day 77:

Dear Governor Baker/Constituent Services-
Pursuant to the July 6, 2017 conversation on Boston Public Radio’s Ask The Governor, I’d like to formally re-extend invitations for a site visit and a meeting.

I can meet Governor Baker anytime, anywhere, at his convenience.

The site visit would be at Governor Baker’s convenience, as well.

Please let me know with whom I should coordinate so that these events happen soon.

Thank you so much,
Andrea Honore


I also included a copy of the Town of Weymouth’s Notice of Claim (again) as this is the clearest reason yet to deny the Waterways “intention to” permit due to incompleteness of Enbridge’s application.

A new document was uploaded to the FERC dockets regarding the Town of Weymouth’s position regarding this whole mishigas. I hope to have a better copy to upload soon:




Weymouth officials, you are the best! We are so lucky to have you in our corner, especially when I hear of other towns/cities across the US that fold in favor of the for-profit energy companies at the slightest nudge. Whatever happens in the future, we know we’ve ALL fought as long and as hard as possible