- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has apologized for calling a female political reporter “sweetheart.”

WFXT-TV political reporter Sharman Sacchetti was asking Baker a series of questions when Baker said: “OK, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart.”

Baker said he called Sacchetti Tuesday night and apologized and said she accepted the apology. Baker said the comment was a mistake and doesn’t represent his work attitudes.

Baker said when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, seven of the 12 board members were women.

Democrats quickly pounced on the comment, arguing it was part of larger pattern of Baker being dismissive of the concerns of women.

Appealing to women voters is seen as critical to Baker if he hopes to defeat Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley.

The election is Nov. 4.

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