Ex Pol Joins General Catalyst, Enters Dancing With The Stars

What a combination!

Former Massachusetts gubernatorial contender Charles Baker is giving up public life to become an executive in residence at General Catalyst Partners.

The Republican, branded as out of touch with working families during last year’s elections, also is set for an appearance on the “Dancing with the Stars” competition this weekend, according to The Boston Globe.

Baker (pictured) is a former president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and will concentrate on small- and mid-sized companies in the health care industry. He also served in the 1990s as Health and Human Services secretary and secretary of Administration and Finance under Governors Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci.

Of course this begs the big question: what is it with Massachusetts politicians and venture capital? Think Mitt Romney.

General Catalyst is a seed and early-stage firm with a focus on cleantech, Internet, software, consumer and new media.