(BTW: This isn't the ACTUAL check. This isn't his ACTUAL account information. Amount, date, and candidate organization are all real and verified by the FEC. That's the point. - promoted by Mike "DD4RP" Rossettie)
November 23, 2009 -
The Republican party had fallen on tough times. Obama and the Democrats had won back-to-back landslide elections. Just 5 days earlier Harry Reid had introduced the "Affordable Health Care for America Act" in the United States Senate.
Yet in the abyss there was still a ray of hope. A special election for United States Senate right here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We were ready, and united behind the single purpose of electing Scott Brown as the 41st Republican vote!
During the campaign I saw people use their vacation and personal time to volunteer. Others waited in line for the opportunity to phone bank. Struggling families donated what little money they had, and Michael Sullivan donated $500.00 of his own. I saw a unity of purpose in the Massachusetts Republican Party I had never seen before. We were all on board.
The Framingham Patch is reporting that the Republican Party will have another candidate for the April 30th primary for the US Senate special election. John Fetherston, former Chair of the Ashland Board of Selectmen and State Representative candidate, is planning to announce his candidacy today at 5pm. http://framingham.patch.com/ar...
The field is potentially a crowded one, but with Dan Winslow the only candidate with anything approaching name recognition and his limited at that, it appears that the first real race will be to see how many are actually able to qualify for the ballot by collect enough signatures in the next 20 days.
(Scott Brown was a semi-obscure State Senator when he announced for U.S. Senate in August 2009. There are a lot of young GOP up & comers, especially in the State House. Senator Fattman? Senator Lombardo? Senator Lyons? Ok, not all of them are young.... - promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
Fresh off the closest Mass GOP Chair election in recent memory, newly elected Chair, Kirsten Hughes, is immediately put to the test. She will have to lead the effort to find a candidate for the special US Senate election to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry. The deadlines for gathering signatures and the general timing of the election leaves her with NO time to mull over a decision. She will need to act fast to identify a candidate or candidates so the work of getting them on the ballot and prepared to face the Democrats in June can begin in earnest.
That leaves the question- who should run for the US Senate Seat now that Scott has decided not to?
Hillary Chabot breaks the story we've all known was out there but were afraid to mention. Bravo Hillary!!!
"He's going to have to run in a special election and face another election two years down the road if he wins," said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading), who said the election of Brown's former deputy finance director, Kirsten Hughes, is playing a role in Brown's decision. "He might find it daunting if the party isn't united behind him."
So Brown IS waiting to decide to run based on who wins Mass GOP chair race? Why should it matter? I think former Senator Brown, who has happily disowned the GOP (but not their money) for a year now should answer why he is waiting. It can't possibly be that he has some sort of understanding, can it?
I know it looks bad that his former finance gal works at Mass GOP and his other former finance gal, who used to work there, then worked for him now wants to run the state org but come on, let's give him the benefit of the doubt, no?
If I was a pessimist, which I'm not, I would think that this story was dropped today by Brown in order to scare the last few undecideds into siding with him after badgering State Committee members with personal plea phone calls for weeks. (Rumor has it Green is up by two.)
If it is the job of the chairman of the party to support party candidates, why is Brown so concerned? And why would he allow something as inconsequential as this to influence his desire to return to the Senate and do what's best for the citizens of MA. If you want to serve, you run! Odds and lack of party support didn't scare him off in 2010. Maybe DC really did change the guy.
I think Brown (and Jones) have jumped the shark here. A non-decision like this alienates him even more from the "People" that put him in his "Seat". If Hughes wins, he may get the money and the "party", but he likely won't have the necessary grassroots to get him over. And not because of party unity but because of shenanigans like this.
Can we leave the hack appointments to the Democrats? They're much better at hiding it.
(This is why Rob Cunningham is one of Massachusetts Power Players according to Campaign and Elections Magazine! - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
If you are a conspiracy theorist - and I have been known to be one - you have to wonder about the timing of Jack Hart's announcement.
By retiring now, the Senate President will set a special election date - and what better date to save his district money than to make that date coincide with the special US Senate primary.
By having a State Senate special election in Lynch's backyard, he automatically will have higher voter turnout in his Democratic primary against Markey, perhaps helping to level the playing field in the election despite a $2 million edge for Markey in cash.
I'm 18 years old, and I'm still very much a newcomer to the GOP. However, since the day I've registered to vote, I have been dedicated to Republican politics nonstop.
I spent my summer enveloped by a successful campaign to be a delegate to the RNC. When I got back from the convention, on September 1st, I immediately packed my bags, ready to move in as a freshman at a university on September 3rd. Two weeks later, as soon as I was settled in school, I began working 20 hours a week at MassVictory, driving all over the state to do whatever I could to re-elect Senator Brown. I also began work in September as Jon Golnik's regional field director for the Fitchburg area. In addition, I did work for Justin Brooks in his bid for State Rep in Leominster.
I can assure you, there was no partying for me in my first semester, because all of my free time was happily dedicated to electing republicans.
Now, heavily considering a run for municipal office very soon, I'm excited beyond words at the opportunity to see Rick Green chair our party.
With 24-year-old Leah Cole running for State Rep in Peabody, 19-year old Mark Mezzina running for school committee in North Andover, and two 25-year-olds running for selectman in central MA towns, our generation is the future. Rick Green is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to build the Republican Party in Massachusetts.
Rick is a leader, and he will owe his chairmanship to no one except those who together represent the youthful future of our party.
I am terrified that, if we don't elect Rick Green, too many of our marbles will be thrown at the senate race. If it's not obvious from my work at MassVictory, I would do anything to get Scott Brown elected, should he choose to run.
But wouldn't it be nice to find more Scott Browns through a Rick Green approach? Some day, as long as we give him the support he needs, Mark Mezzina will make a terrific congressional candidate, but we need a leader who is willing to invest in these municipal and legislative elections as a primary focus, not as a bonus.
We can build a big, beautiful, elaborate Republican house, but without a concrete, local foundation, how long can it stand?
(This is a MUST READ. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
This was crossposted from RedRacingHorses.com, an elections blog that really appreciates the work you guys do here at RMG!
Here's the Boston Red Sox's theme song by quite the Massachusetts band, the Dropkick Murphys.
My favorite Scott Brown ad, and the absolute turning point of his 2010 campaign.
January 19th, 2010 was one of the most exciting nights of many dedicated Republicans' lives. Watching then State Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), one of only five members of the State Senate Republican caucus at the time, defeat Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was thrilling, especially considering the seat he won had been Ted Kennedy's months before. Brown knew he'd have his work cut out for him if he wanted to be reelected in 2012, but he earnestly set off across the street in his trademark pick up truck in an attempt to convince the residents of the Bay State that a "Scott Brown Republican" could represent them better than any Democrat could.
Brown had two real options as to which coalition he could try to forge to reach 50.1% of the statewide vote. Brown's first option was to outrun generic Republicans in the middle class to wealthy suburbs and exurbs around Boston, Worcester, Providence, and Springfield. Bill Weld's 1994 and Mitt Romney's 2002 gubernatorial races are excellent examples of when such a strategy worked well for a Republican candidate running statewide. Brown's other option was to follow Paul Cellucci's 1998 model of running ahead of generic Republicans in the ethnic, working class communities around the state, especially in Boston neighborhoods like South Boston and Dorchester, Boston suburbs like Quincy, Braintree, and Malden and mill towns like Lowell and Fitchburg while running strongly enough in but not necessarily focusing on exurban areas like Tewksbury and Norwood. Brown's 2010 coalition decidedly followed the first route, but his 2012 coalition failed in its attempts to replicate his overperformances. Brown needed to run, at worst, 2.29% behind his 2010 performance but ended up running 6.12% behind. Brown also needed to overperform Mitt Romney by 11.03% but only ran 8.63% ahead. Disappointingly, Brown ran sufficiently ahead of McCain in a grand total of 0 of the 15 regions, meaning that his underperformance of how he needed to perform was spread across the commonwealth. Democratic turnout was just too strong.
For the purposes of this diary, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been broken down into 15 semi-geographical and semi-cultural political regions. Some are more geographical than others and some are more cultural than others, but they represent the different communities in the Bay State quite well.
Below the fold, the 15 political regions of Massachusetts will be explained and Brown's performance in 2010 and 2012 in each of them will be analyzed.
Scott Brown and Ed Markey seem to be mixed up about what house they serve in. Representatives are expected to stay closely in touch with their local constituents and serve their concerns first, while Senators are expected to put their state's interests aside and serve the national interests. Senators aren't supposed to be on the plane every weekend. Markey has apparently started to believe he is a Senator already, but at least he is attempting to reconcile himself into the proper job. Perhaps Brown should run for Markey's seat, or James McGovern's, if he likes flying back and forth and fighting for his neighbors against the rest of the country.
Washington is, after all, named after the father of the country:
Washington's General Orders given at Cambridge, July 4, 1775
"The Continental Congress having now taken all the Troops of the several Colonies, which have been raised, or which may be hereafter raised, for the support and defence of the Liberties of America; into their Pay and Service: They are now the Troops of the United Provinces of North America; and it is hoped that all Distinctions of Colonies will be laid aside; so that one and the same spirit may animate the whole, and the only contest be, who shall render, on this great and trying occasion, the most essential Service to the great and common cause in which we are all engaged."
What qualifications are advantageous for MA U.S. Senate candidates? A history of open Senate races in Massachusetts since 1926
Senator John Kerry has been nominated by President Obama to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next U.S. Secretary of State and his confirmation is all but assured. There will be an interim appointment by Governor Deval Patrick, followed by a special election to fill Kerry's Senate seat. New names for possible candidates continue to come in and out of the picture. Recently-defeated Senator Scott Brown is expected to run again for the Republican nomination. Congressman Ed Markey is an early entrant with a great deal of support on the Democratic side.
People who have been mentioned as possible candidates for the seat range from Governors, Senators, and U.S. Representatives, to entrepreneurs, lawyers, and actors. What can we learn from history about the previous occupations and qualifications of successful Massachusetts candidates for the U.S. Senate? While there are examples of candidates without statewide or federal experience to be elected to the Senate, the large majority of successful candidates have statewide or federal-level qualifications, and only one candidate was elected without statewide, federal, state or local qualification since 1926, and that particular candidate had a famous family name and a brother in the White House at the time of his election.
When a family member of a noted political figure passes away it is generally good form for others in the same delegation to offer a kind word or public condolence to the elected official.
It has now been 3 days and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren has yet to issue any formal public condolences to Senator Scott Brown on the passing of his father. Maybe she is waiting for Deval Patrick to comment first? And maybe Deval Patrick is waiting for Barack Obama to go first? And maybe they are all waiting for Mayor Menino to say something? Either way, not a single one of them has offered any public condolences to Senator Scott Brown. In fact, I don't think John Kerry or any member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation has made a statement!
Brian McGrory, the tongue-twisted imbecile Editor of the sinking ship known as The Boston Globe has yet to write anything other than the standard form letter obit in his paper. Yet, Elizabeth Warren's dog got a 2,000 word biography from McGrory when it kicked the bucket...
Are the liberals in this state so full of hate that they can't even reach across the aisle when a Senator's father passes away, to offer a kind word?
The poll was conducted with 500 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday, and Brown's favorables are very high, even though it is less than two months after he lost a brutal campaign battle against Elizabeth Warren.
This is a no brainer. He's already got the office and staff and the pension and health plan, so just have him hang out down there for a few more months. It will cost us millions of dollars to give someone else a Senator's pension and health plan - we are still paying what's his name that filled in when Kennedy died in office.
24 months ago, some of us involved in senior positions on the various 2010 statewide campaigns launched our website: www.NewMassPlaybook.com
Our collaboration was a sincere attempt at self-examination and determination to try and run MA Republican campaigns differently and more effectively, after all the votes were cast in the Gubernatorial Election Cycle.
Now in 2012, maybe we needed to lose (again) badly to have a real sense of urgency? Only this time, we stand on the brink of political irrelevancy. So, the time has come for this long overdue debate on how best to reform the Massachusetts GOP and its operations.
Our view is, we all need to be in this together.
Please visit DeanCavaretta.com and NewMassPlaybook.com for more information.
In addition to Rick Green's statement of candidacy, which Rob already published, I received this MassGOP Chairman election related email in my inbox earlier today.
Senator Scott Brown has endorsed, Kirsten Hughes, his campaign's deputy finance director, for the office of Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
December 7, 2012
Dear State Committee Members,
I cannot thank you enough for all the time and effort you devoted to our campaign and to our Party this past election cycle. As State Committee members, much is asked of you and you never fail to come through - whether it is supporting a campaign for the state legislature, Governor, Congress or U.S. Senate.
As you know, Chairman Bob Maginn has decided to not seek reelection. I want to thank Bob for his dedication and commitment to our Party, and for his very capable leadership of our state party during the past year. I am excited for Bob's future role in the 2014 election cycle.
With Bob's departure, I am writing to you today to endorse Kirsten Hughes for Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
Kirsten has been a leader in our Party for several years, devoting enormous time and energy to help Republican candidates win elections. What I find especially compelling about Kirsten is the breadth of her political experience.
Kirsten knows what it takes to run and win election to local office. Earlier this year, Kirsten beat the odds when she won a seat on the Quincy City Council. In her race, she demonstrated leadership, tenacity, and political know-how to defeat her Democratic opponent.
As a local candidate herself, Kirsten understands and appreciates the role local Party committees and volunteers play in a strong party and in winning campaigns. She began her own political career as a grassroots activist, stuffing envelopes and knocking on doors for then-Governor Bill Weld.
Kirsten's commitment to our party led her to serve as Political Field Director for the MassGOP in 2010 when we doubled the number of GOP representatives in the House. Kirsten has also proven herself an adept fundraiser, most recently serving as Deputy Finance Director for my campaign, and helping us to raise $42 million which as you know is more money than any other Republican campaign for U.S. Senate in the country in 2012, and the most in Massachusetts GOP history.
Speaking from experience, I know our farm team is the key to our Party's future, and that starts with recruiting and developing candidates at the local level. Kirsten's success and firsthand experience with local grassroots building, raising campaign funds, and organizing and winning local campaigns gives her the skills that we need to make our candidates competitive up and down the ballot. In addition, she has a wonderful relationship with my major donors, who as you know raised almost millions of dollars for the party to help fund the GOP's largest ever field and turnout operation with 35 offices, staff salaries, phones, technology and get-out-the-vote programs.
I ask that you join me today in supporting Kirsten Hughes for Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Her energy, enthusiasm, experience and dedication to Republican ideas makes her the ideal person to stand up to the Beacon Hill machine, and lead our Party into a brighter future in the years ahead.
It's been an interesting time for me in Massachusetts this year, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it's met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats' appetite for abusing government power.
Here's the latest example: amid chatter that Senator John Kerry will be appointed to a Cabinet position for Obama's second term, Democrats are scheming to change the rules for filling his seat:
Power-hungry Bay State Democrats - eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet- are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014.
"I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don't have to pay for another election," said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
"I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election," Johnston added.
The current law triggers a special election within 160 days if Kerry accepts a long-anticipated post in President Obama's Cabinet. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scored an upset win over his heavily favored Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the special election for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat...
...The move comes eight years after Democratic lawmakers stripped then-Gov. Mitt Romney of his appointment powers in an effort to keep Republicans out of the office, and three years after they changed the law again to let Patrick appoint a temporary replacement.
What Johnston really means, of course, is that it would be preferable for the Democrats if they didn't have to bother campaigning against Scott Brown again. Even in a state like Massachusetts, it's harder for the Democrats to turn out voters for special elections, and the Republicans have a fighting chance. Yeah, so, not really "preferable" for the Democrats.
Laws are not meant to be flipped over and over like pancakes depending on what party is in power or who is in office. It never ceases to amaze me how the same Democrats who screamed bloody murder about the Patriot Act under George W. Bush are quiet little mice regarding Obama making unilateral decisions about killing people, including American citizens, with drone strikes. For additional giggles, go research what various Senators have said about the filibuster power depending on whether or not their party had control.
Let's hope that State Senator Barry Feingold (D-Andover), who chairs the Massachusetts' Legislature's election laws committee, really was telling the truth when he said that he does not support changing the current law, and that he is able to stand up to his power-hungry colleagues who disagree with him.
This, folks, is the most abject, awful, humiliating moment for the Massachusetts Republican Party in my time covering them -- which has been a long string of lows and even greater lows.
Democrats in the state have tried everything they could do to help -- scandal, recession, in-fighting, getting hauled off to prison. This time around they opened one competitive congressional seat; carved the first-term incumbent's home base out of another; and sent the wife of a third to jail.
Republicans couldn't win any of them.
So, way to go chairman Bob Maginn and the whole crew. Every time I think the party has reached the final, absolute low point you prove me wrong. And you have done it once again.
Although a final count has yet to be made, Democrat Elizabeth Warren last night ousted Massachusetts Republican US Senator Scott Brown. Scott's re-election was his to lose & he proceeded to do just that.
Was it inevitable? It didn't have to be. But the reasons for Brown's failure to hold onto "the people's seat" aren't complex & sadly reflect a lack of vision that tragically afflicts both the man himself & his political party.
When Brown won his seat in a special election following the death of legendary Democrat Ted Kennedy, he had a golden opportunity to create a new image for the Massachusetts Republican Party that reflected an alternative strain of the Bay State's culture. It could be a party that represented the culture of New England - not the culture of the American South, or the Midwest, or even the West Coast. His initial success was due, in part, to his ability to win over independent & Old Left voters. All he had to do was boldly articulate a practical ideology consistent with the values/culture of Massachusetts that would transform the Bay State & (if successful) a blueprint for reuniting the American nation. Such an approach would revitalize the state GOP & make him a rising star on the national scene.
Instead Brown squandered the opportunity. He cultivated an image as a moderate that made no ideological sense once you studied his voting patterns on certain social or economic issues. The lack of continuity generated an impression of opportunism. After awhile he came across as somebody who tacitly accepted the Democrat paradigm since he refused to question its foundational assumptions. Indeed, his "bipartisan" or "moderate" approach more often than not validated the worldview of the Democrat Party. Is it no wonder that when presented with the "real" thing in the person of Warren that voters chose the "authentic" voice of the Democrat paradigm over the pretender Brown?
The 1996 U.S. Senate race didn't wind up the way we wanted. Nonetheless, there's a strong case to be made that Senator Brown has to do well in a number of counties and emerge where William Weld did not do well.