GREAT BARRINGTON — Add child care duty to Gov. Charlie Baker's list of first-year accomplishments.
The state's chief executive suddenly found himself holding 9-month-old Lola Stanton during Tuesday's Community Compact ceremony at Great Barrington Town Hall. Lola's father, Great Barrington Selectmen Chairman Sean Stanton, was about to sign the 17-town agreement, when he realized baby daughter in one hand and pen in the other wasn't going to work.
Stanton quickly looked to his right and handed off Lola to a surprised governor, whose fatherly instincts immediately kicked in and he carefully cradled the infant in his right arm.
Lola and Baker immediately bonded, both sharing a smile as about a dozen cellphone cameras went off to capture the Kodak moment.
"You're a natural," someone yelled from the back of the Selectmen's meeting room.
After signing the compact, Stanton asked for his daughter back and Baker obliged. The Republican's newest supporter continued to be playful, briefly tugging on Baker's tie.
"That's one happy baby," Baker said afterward to an Eagle reporter. "I have three children, much older now, but my wife and I love them at that age."
Stanton didn't intend to press Baker into child care service, yet the young dad had no problem entrusting the governor with Lola.
"If he can manage state affairs, he can handle a baby," Stanton said.