(One of the most effective members of the Caucus has been sidelined. Hopefully Rep. O'Connell will continue to lead. If you'd like to ask Rep. Jones why O'Connell was removed from the most powerful committee in the House. The number for the Minority Leaders offce is 617-722-2100. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Rockinrandall has taken minority leader Brad Jones to task for having about $7,000 left in the Republican House PAC. I actually defended Rep Jones on his handling of the PAC, now I wish I hadn't.
As we are all preparing for Nemo (when did we start naming winter snow storms?) the committee assignments for the Massachusetts House of Representatives have come out and they have revealed a side of Rep Jones that, in my opinion, we do not need to see in the MA Republican Party.
Here are his assignments to House Ways and Means, perhaps the most influential committee on Beacon Hill:
Rep Beaton, Rep de Macedo, Rep D'Emilia, Rep Diehl, Rep Wong and Rep Vieira.
Notice anything interesting. Yes, that's right NO rep that endorsed Rick Green for MassGOP Chair was assigned Ways and Means. The first 5 all endorsed Kirsten Hughes and Rep Vieira did not endorse. Included in the reps not assigned to Ways and Means is Shauna O'Connell who has done fantastic work with EBT abuse and reform and who was on Ways and Means last session. Appearantly endorsing Rick caused her to be assigned elsewhere.
This is not to say that the Reps assigned to Ways and Means are not hard working and good representatives, they are, but it calls into question the leadership of Rep Jones, who was an early and active supporter of Kirsten, when he appears to have weighed the endorsement of Rick Green in making his committee assignments. So much for demonstrating Party Unity.
It's petty and not the way to lead a minority party, but, sadly, that's what I have come to expect from Rep Jones.