| I just received the email below from my colleague, Christine Cedrone. I have tried to reproduce it here as exactly as possible. Please note that the emphasis was in the original.
To be fair, I have not received the/any of the alleged texts from/on behalf of Rick Green as cited in complaint below. Also to be fair, I also never received the emails allegedly from Kirsten Hughes & her supporters citing so-called litmus tests by Green.
Come to think of it, while I knew of it from our previous email discussions, I never did receive the publicly distributed email by Hope Hallet announcing her candidacy.
Evidently, I'm out of the loop. :)
In the interest of full disclosure, I have publicly endorsed and will cast my vote to elect Kirsten Hughes as our net Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party at our upcoming MassGOP State Committee meeting.
Dear State Committee Members,
I was saddened the other day when it was brought to my attention that multiple members of our committee who are supporting Kirsten Hughes received the following text message from her opponent:
"Can I count on your vote when they replace Kirsten with another candidate? -Rick"
This type of campaigning has no place in the election for the next MassGOP Chair. By all accounts Rick is a great guy and fair dealer, but if this is either a sign he has been capitulated by some of the more divisive forces aligned behind him or maybe a case of simple political naivety, I would hope he will cease and desist going forward. His text messages are either trying to take advantage of Kirsten's recent parenthood or implying that she was "selected" and thus can be "replaced".
I've known Kirsten for many years and have worked closely with her. She is now an elected city councilor in my hometown of Quincy. No one who knows Kirsten can doubt her work ethic or passion for her undertakings. I know for a fact that running for Chair has been a goal of hers since she worked as a field director for the MassGOP.
Based on the results of the election cycle and the need for a new image and new message, she decided to step in and throw her hat into the ring. Based on her experience, vision and ability to be the candidate to unite the Party, she was able to receive the endorsement of Senator Scott Brown. What he decides to do going forward makes no difference to her. Kirsten's only goal is to unite the Party and put us in the best position to win seats in 2014 and gain desperately needed momentum for GOP candidates and causes.
This is going to be a close election. At the end of the day, we are all Republicans and we should make a decision on the next Chair based on who will run the Party most effectively, competently and inclusively through the vital 2014 election cycle. Please do not let rumors or innuendo rule the day. I'm sure if anyone has a question for Kirsten, all you have to do is call her cell phone.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to working with all of you in the future!
Christine M. Cedrone
State Committee Member, Norfolk & Plymouth District