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Cavaretta: A Message to Fellow Activists, Elected Officials and State Committee Members

by: DeanCavaretta

Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 17:09:27 PM EST

Dear Fellow Republican
and Conservative Activists:

I'm running for MA GOP Chair to run Republican campaigns more effectively; By offering our candidates an incentive-based roadmap for support []; with a new MA GOP message and updated brand that competes everywhere in our state, (including our capital city of Boston), with broader appeal to minorities, women and the unaffiliated; to develop and train our activists; to conduct our races and activities in a more inclusive and coordinated manner; to insist on a professional, full-time operation we can all be proud of. It's time for a New Era of Cooperation and customer service for our State Party, and for all who toil, volunteer and serve under our banner.

Happy Holidays,

Dean Cavaretta, 12/26/12

DeanCavaretta :: Cavaretta: A Message to Fellow Activists, Elected Officials and State Committee Members
CAVARETTA BIOGRAPHY: In 2012, MA Certified Teacher, Dean Cavaretta was the Republican Candidate for State Senate against Liberal Icon, Jamie Eldridge in the Middlesex and Worcester District. Dean has a long record of Republican grassroots activism and professional campaign experience. These experiences have shaped Cavaretta's political philosophy and provide valuable institutional knowledge into running campaigns in Massachusetts.

A former state transportation official who worked under multiple governors, Cavaretta's policy background includes recent success with MassDOT project delivery reform for the new Accelerated Bridge Program. Dean understands that there is a major difference between campaigning and governing and that the two are not mutually exclusive.  

A recipient of both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University, Dean has combined teaching and a love of sports to help student-athletes achieve success on and off the field. He served as the Freshman Football Coach at both Concord Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Regional High Schools. He was also the Head Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Acton-Boxborough, where he is also a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

In the 1990s, Dean served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard (747th Military Police Company) and credits his leadership and military training in helping him become a more effective educator and GOP Activist.  

Dean served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Karyn Polito's 2010 spirited campaign for State Treasurer. In 2002, he was the Political Director for Jim Rappaport's primary bid for Lt. Governor. These races showed Dean how candidates and their campaigns respond to adversity. Hard lessons to be learned that can now be used to benefit the next candidates to run for those seats.

In 1999, Cavaretta represented the MA GOP in a Special State Election for State Representative against Cory Atkins, then the liberal, activist-wife of former U.S. Congressman Chet Atkins (D-Concord). Dean lost by only 600 votes out of 7000 votes cast, despite the State Party erroneously placing the wrong area codes on the GOTV phone calls, and not providing the campaign funding. This race showed Dean that the vicarious nature and undisciplined approach to MassGOP campaigning can have a major impact on the outcome of an election.

This is one of the main reasons that Dean chose to team up with Malden City Councillor David D'Arcangelo on the metric based approach for assisting candidates and campaigns.    

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MassGOP (0.00 / 0)
There is no doubt that a new era needs to dawn on the MassGOP. Althogh fundraising is incredibly important, we need to develp a structure that mirrors and leads campaigns in effective activity. How many people know that only ONE of the Congressional candidates had a Campaign Finance Director/Chair? But then again, either does MassGOP. How many people understand that this last election debacle can be layed at the feet of ineffective ground game politics, compared to the Democrats (One could not get a hotel room in Worcester because they were all full of Lizzie Warren's people brought in from afar.), yet MassGOP has no Field Director. This role is doubly important since, between campaign cycles, we need to do a full bore ground game canpaign in the inner cities. Is anyone aware that if we take back s simple 5% of the urban vote, Charlie Baker would be Governor, Scott Brown would be Senator, and Mary Z would be auditor?

We need a structure that mimics and leads the roles in a campaign and then creates networks where the people in those roles interact and work together.

Dogma's great....winning's better.

All By Himself! (5.00 / 1)
Doesnt anyone else find it interesting that the only people Dean mentions by name are Karen Polito and Jim Rappaport. Its my understanding that Polito has endorsed Kirsten Hughes and Rappaport supports Rick Green. If the Only campaign experience Dean has is with these two people and they wont even stand behind him, what makes him qualified to be chair? He must not have done well on their campaigns if they cant support him!  

Also (0.00 / 0)
Did Darcangelo leave the team? Is Dean the Tim Cahill to Darcangelos Loscocco??  

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Take some personal responsibility Dean... (0.00 / 0)
You blame the state party for you 1999 defeat.  Stop whining and accept the fact that the buck stops with the candidate.

Always someone else (0.00 / 0)
Ever notice that in every race Dean has been a part of he finishes by blaming the State party?

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Some good cheer, Mr. Malarkey! (0.00 / 0)
Mr. Malarkey -

I know not why you lurk in such a place of ill repute [RMG]. However, the enemy is not good men like Mr. Caravetta. There are many evil Republicans out there, and some awful citizens who make comments here of uncertain right-wing designation.

If you ever met Dean, you'd see that he isn't at all what is the problem with the MassGOP. He is a sincere, hardworking guy who really cares about people. If you had to live in a place with a Republican that represented you, you could do a whole lot worse than Dean.

If you want to attack someone, wait until the race for MassGOP chair narrows to a few people. Certainly one of them will end up catering to the worst part of the party, and when you identify that person - fire away*! ;-)

* and I will help!

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You are right, (5.00 / 1)
While Dean has got to stop blaming the state party as a candidate, I did go over to newmassplaybook and if was a reasonable endeavor, not like going to MARA's web site or MA Fiscal Alliance for that matter.  Never mind GOP Chair, given the state of the MA Rep Party, Dean has his hands full trying to advance his agenda with his local RTC, I'll bet.

As for me living in a area represented by a fact I do and I do interact with them.  The dirty little secret that you realize is that many local GOP elected's are very moderate (and a couple of the bomb throwers lost in 2012).  A Vinny deMacedo or a Bruce Tarr, heck STATE SENATOR Scott Brown, are very moderate folks compared to the mainstream GOP of today.  I'm of the age that I voted for lots of moderate GOPers over the years...Frank Hatch, John Anderson in the MA GOP Presidential Primary, Bill Weld (over John Silber?...everyday I'd vote that way!).  And I voted for Joe Malone for Treasurer, against the "insider" George Kerverian--BIG MISTAKE!  I even shrugged my shoulders when W got elected.  But W. Bush was no H.W. Bush (may he get well) and handed the keys to the neo-cons and the religious right.  That galvanized me into a partisan and the last ten years of watching the GOP, have only convinced me as to how right I am.

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Dean for Dog Catcher! (0.00 / 0)
Dean: You could not even win dog catcher.  You are an embarrassment to the Party. Do you even realize that you will not get one State Committee vote?  

Be nice to Dean! (0.00 / 0)

Dean is a loyal Republican who has done nothing to make the brand look bad. He has done a lot of work for the party and his candidacy is in earnest.

He is running along with David D'Arcangelo, who is a great Republican who has won a few races.

The two of them have provided a detailed plan for the party and have lots and lots more material in store. (I have seen more than the average person. ) Ms. Huges has publicly provided only minimal information and nothing amounting to a plan. Mr. Green's website is an empty shell with a resume and little else.

These guys have put a great deal of thought into this and should be treated with respect, even in criticism. So yes, Dean should be asked to account for his electoral losses. But there is a way to do that without being a jerk about it.

- Ed

"Dean should be asked to account for his electoral losses. But there is a way to do that without being a jerk about it." - EdFactor (0.00 / 0)
Whoa!  Toh man!  

That was Ed taking a swipe at SimpleJMalarkey everyone!  Did you guys see that?  He basically called him a jerk infront of the whole blog!

That was awesome!  

Molon Labe

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Ouch (0.00 / 0)
I think that whole episode - including a place for Democrats to endorse him where none had - just shows Dean's political inexperience. Does this reflect badly on him? Absolutely.

I like Dean. But the more I hear about his campaigns, the more I think we probably need someone of higher caliber to lead the party.  

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Dean - please stop spamming my Facebook page. (0.00 / 0)
I don't have a vote.  There IS no popular vote in this race - the electorate is > 80, so you're wasting your time.

Is this how you suggest candidates campaign?  Do you understand that the futility of your campaign methods is not a great indicator as to how hyou'd run the party?

I don't want to have to unfriend you, but I will.

Yr. Obedient Servant, Peter Porcupine, Republican

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