Democratic Challenger Criticizes Baker’s Puerto Rico Effort

Democratic Newton Mayor Setti Warren speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Newton, Mass., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Newton mayor Setti Warren is dissatisfied with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Baker announced Friday he will send a six-person National Guard unit for up to 30 days to help support satellite-based data and mobile communications on the hurricane-ravaged island.

Warren’s campaign said in a statement released Saturday: “Is that a joke?”

The statement noted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, announced the state would send 1,100 Guardsman and first responders to Puerto Rico; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has ordered 600 Guardsman to the island.

Baker’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

The governor has said Massachusetts stands “ready and willing” to offer additional support.

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