Timothy P. Cahill, the independent candidate for governor, criticized his Republican rival, Charles D. Baker, this morning for holding a rally for Jeffrey D. Perry, the 10th Congressional District candidate whose long-ago actions as a police supervisor have generated controversy in recent days.
Perry is facing questions about his role as a Wareham police sergeant and supervisor of a police officer who illegally strip searched two teenage girls in the 1990s.
"As the father of four daughters, I wouldn't be there," Cahill said of the rally.
Cahill, whose Quincy home is in Perry's district, also said he would not be voting for Perry, a Republican state legislator who is viewed as the GOP's best hope to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts.
Baker is scheduled to appear at a rally with Perry on Saturday and said on WRKO-AM Wednesday that, despite new questions, he is the "right guy for the job" based on his fiscal conservatism.
The Globe reported Thursday that, breaking her long silence, one of the women who was illegally strip searched said Perry was nearby during the assault, failed to stop it, and tried to cover it up after the fact.
Baker, asked today whether the controversy surrounding Perry would cause him to reconsider appearing with him Saturday, did not answer directly. Baker said that, as the father of a 13-year-old daughter, he feels badly for the victim and her family, saying he is "glad the guy who was involved in that got caught and put in jail."
Baker, who spoke at a news conference on containing health care costs, also said the Saturday rally would feature a number of candidates, and that "every candidate needs to make the case" to voters.
Afterward, Baker spokeswoman Amy Goodrich said of Perry, "Charlie has endorsed the ticket. Period. And there's no change in that."
Cahill, who spoke at a news conference outside the State House, has been trying to persuade voters that he offers an alternative to the two-party system. He said Baker's backing of Perry shows that "Republicans will stick together through the end, through thick and thin as the parties do, regardless of what's right and wrong."
Democratic incumbent Governor Deval Patrick and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein are also running for governor.
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