New Hampshire GOP, could we here in Massachusetts propose a trade? We will offer you our best player, the star of our team, to help you win back a Senatorial seat, but we need something in return. We Republicans here in Massachusetts have been watching our donations and efforts go to your state for years, and we can ill afford to send our best talent to you as well. So we would like to make a proposal.
We will trade Scott Brown for John Sununu, Sr.; a trade of a Senator for a Chairman of the MassGOP.
While the MassGOP has had dedicated Chairmen for the past decades, we desperately need a superstar leader to bring the party back. Having watched jealously during John Sununu's several terms as the leader of the NH GOP, turning the party around and racking up huge wins for the GOP in NH, we would like to see that type of talent, that type of results, here in Massachusetts.
This past week, former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham-MA)put his Wrentham colonial on the market. You can see the listing at Zillow.com.
During that same time frame he has dramatically increased his activities in the Granite State. The Union Leader, of Manchester, has the story.
Brown has so far said only that the decision by him and his wife decision to put their 3,000-square-foot home on the market for $559,000 is personal. Brown works for the Nixon Peabody law firm in Boston and it is actually a shorter drive there from Rye than from Wrenthem.
Yet, making his seventh appearance for a Granite State Republican event in six months, Brown has done nothing to squelch the idea that he is considering running against Shaheen.
Shaheen has written several emails in recent months asking supporters for donations focusing on Brown's potential plans.
Last Friday morning, she wrote that his Hampstead appearance is his "latest hint at running against me."
Today, I signed and filed a formal complaint, on behalf of the Massachusetts Republican Party, with the Senate Ethics Committee against Elizabeth Warren's Chief of Staff Mindy Myers seeking an immediate investigation into potentially illegal partisan fundraising email sent by Mindy Myers while acting in her capacity as a Senate employee. On Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM, Mindy Myers sent a fundraising solicitation along with a message from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Senate Campaign to a political distribution list.
A link to the press release and the complaint can be found here:
With major issues from the debt ceiling to Obamacare to a federal shutdown looming, it is distressing that our senior Senator's staff is spending their time trying to raise money while on taxpayer funded time.
Thanks to the many people here on RMG and across the state who brought this to our attention and to Will Ritter and the staff at the MassGOP who pulled this together so quickly.
The Massachusetts GOP rejected the national Republican party platform last year. The National Conferences should have amended its plank on abortion a long time ago. This wise move must be repeated throughout the fifty states. The GOP "1%" has been dictating to the states and the local races too much. The Republican Party does not need a resurgence of "Lincoln Chafee" RINOs, but moderates like Edward Brooke, Scott Brown, and even the two (or rather one) Lady from Maine deserve a place at the GOP table.
Contrary to the assertion of one Red Mass Group blogger, You are not dead, Mass GOP, but moving in the right direction for your state and your country. Stay pro-life, respect the rights of individuals to make their choices about their own lives. State senator Richard Tisei should not have supported tax increases without being crystal clear about spending cuts. He has nothing to be ashamed of, though, for running against an established politician with a dubious record.
This country needs a party that will stand up for the unborn, yet a policy which recognizes the tragic elements in life as well. The state of Massachusetts, New England, and the rest of the country deserve candidates who will speak up for "the little guy", who will respect the rights and responsibilities of small businesses to do what they do best: make money and create jobs.
The Mass GOP platform is right on about school choice. A Massachusetts Charter School is named for Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be elected by popular vote to the US Senate, and a Republican. About social issues, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said too much about abortion. Never again should one candidate's overstatement force legislators and leaders throughout the country to repudiate a candidate. Never again should the off-hand remarks of one candidate kill an entire Senate race or put other Senate candidates on alert to repudiate one of their own.
Without a doubt, the National Republican "1%" is hurting competitive and qualified candidates throughout the country. As far as the central committee is concerned, the leaders have declared the outreach problem with minorities and women, but no one is declaring anything to those constituencies. President Obama used the "George W. Bush" playbook to reach out to Hispanics. W. won 44% of the Hispanic vote. Hispanics are culturally conservative (so are Catholics in general). They will find what they are looking for in the Republican Party.
To his (partial) credit, former Governor Romney was the best out of a middling bunch. This country needs better than "just enough" or "get by" in the White House. Scott Brown should have won the Senate Seat, and he lost by a mere six points. Although allegations of voter fraud may be more distracting than distressing, Richard Tisei should have won, and he should be in Congress right now. Tisei lost by "1%" because of the GOP "1%" which promotes the "legacy" moderates instead of candidate who know what they believe and believe what they know.
Romney was an OK governor, but not a fit or fitting Presidential candidate. Too often he changed his views. Too often he was running from his former record. Worst of all, his heart was never in the race. Not out of enthusiasm, but out of obligation did Romney run for the White House. Not enough voters felt obligated to go to the polls, let alone vote for Mitt Romney.
Do not despair, Massachusetts GOP. Stand on the issues. Do not merge with the center or the left. When Rhode Island Governor John Chafee waffled on the income tax and collective bargaining, the Republican brand turned into "Democrat-lite". Why vote for "kind of liberal" if "the real deal" is running, too? Conservative is more popular than liberal, especially when "liberal" means spending money that the state does not have on programs that no one can afford or on projects which no one needs.
Do what Sutton Representative Ryan Fattman did: knock on every door in your constituencies. Tell people why they should vote for you instead of why they should not vote for "the other guy". People are conservative on enough issues. So what if the Democrats have money? If you have the heart, if you have the guts, then you have the core of the argument, and no one can take that away from you.
Your move to recognize some exceptions for abortion is "right on". Stay pro-life, stay pro-limited government, stay pro-Massachusetts. You can teach the national party apparatus a thing or too about respect for every voter and for every state in the conference. Take some advice from former Massachusetts Republican US Senator Edward Brooke, who believed the Republican Party should have heart as well as a head for things. He is proof positive of the Republican Party's record on civil rights, nothing like the Democrats, who buy votes perhaps but fail to command any respect or offer real opportunities to minorities.
Keep making the "right" moves, Mass. GOP. There's plenty of fight left.
Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham MA/Rye NH) made a surprise appearance on stage with Cheap Trick this past weekend in NH. Here it is, in all it's You Tube Glory.
In addition to rocking it out in his second home state of NH, where he was born, he's headlining an event for the 90th Anniversary of the Nashua Lions Club. The Nashua Patch has the story.
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a member and past president of the Wrentham, Mass., Lions Club, will be the keynote speaker at the Nashua Lions Club 90th Anniversary Dinner, September 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
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"We are honored that Senator Brown accepted our invitation and look forward to hearing how being a Lion has played a part in his life," club president Elaine Lecius said.
In addition to his work for the people of Massachusetts, Brown co-sponsored legislation along with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) to authorize a commemorative coin for the Lions 100th anniversary in 2017.
In fact, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and then Congressmen Charles Bass and Frank Guinta all signed on to the legislation, with New Hampshire's delegation being the first in the country to fully support the bill.
After Labor Day would be the perfect time to announce you are running for Senate in the Granite State. Wonder if that is part of the plan?
Running for office takes a lot of thought, analysis, money, and sometimes personal sacrifice. I have been honored to serve the people of the Commonwealth and this great country in many capacities for almost 20 years.
My family and I have been deeply moved and honored by your support, encouragement and well wishes.
I indicated many times that I would make an announcement on or before Labor Day.
Tonight I announced that I will not be running for Governor of MA in 2014.
As I said, I am grateful for your encouragement and support.
For the first time in 15 plus years, I have had a Summer to spend with my family. In addition, I have been fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating. These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process.
(Gabe Gomez, Charlie Baker also won in these numbers. In 2010 Brown won close to 100 districts. I've been preaching this for three years. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Like so many others, I've taken for granted that the Democrats have an overwhelming majority in the statehouse, and I looked at the state legislature as a lost cause. I volunteer and support the statewide ticket, but I've never really been involved in downballot races.
However, I reviewed the DailyKos's election data by legislative district, and I was shocked at what I saw.
Professor Ubertaccio Sets Herald Straight on Mass GOP Heritage
You may remember the Boston Herald being a little snarky earlier this week at the apparent dearth of Republicans in Massachusetts. Well Professor Ubertaccio, one of the Mass Politics Profs, set them straight.
That's a missed opportunity for there is a rich GOP history here that Republicans across the country can be a part of. So let me offer a small corrective:
Start you day outside of Boston and lay flowers at the grave sites of two Speakers of the U.S. House from Massachusetts. Frederick H. Gillette is buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield and Joseph W. Martin Jr. is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in North Attleboro. Or two prominent US Senators: both Henry Cabot Lodge and his grandson, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. are buried at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge & Watertown.
Then reflect on the contributions to the Union cause by the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, authorized by Republican Governor John A. Andrew Their memorial is just across the street from the State House.
There's a lot more...
Chris Christie wins over RNC crowd
The Boston Herald reported on the closed-door Chris Christie speech at the RNC Summer Meeting in Boston.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's message to a national GOP audience that hasn't always been willing to listen to him was as much about his brash, hard-charging style as it was about his bipartisan substance, and struck a chord with an array of Republicans yesterday, say operatives who watched the 2016 White House prospect generate a standing ovation in a closed-door address.
"His message was simple: 'Listen, you stick to our values, (be) straightforward about them, you tell voters how we feel and why we're doing what we're doing, you can't lose,' " Ron Kaufman, a Republican National Committeeman from Massachusetts and former Bush adviser, said after Christie addressed a packed room at the RNC's summer meeting at the Westin Waterfront.
"His style is really good," Kaufman added. "It works in New Jersey, it works in this room."
Coalition of Conservatives and Progressives Band to Stop Gambling
A Coalition of pro-family and progressive groups have banded together to stop the state's casino law. Common enemies sure make strange bedfellows.
A diverse coalition of public health, municipal, family and religious leaders along with concerned citizens from all walks of life submitted an Initiative Petition today to repeal the law allowing state government to partner with powerful gambling interests with the purpose of promoting casino gambling to its citizens.
Repeal the Casino Deal (www.repealthecasinodeal.org) filed the requisite paperwork with the office of the Attorney General starting the process to place a repeal question before voters on the November 2014 ballot. The casino bill, passed in 2011 allowing for three casinos and one slot machine parlor, was fueled by commercial casino interests in one of the most expensive lobbying campaigns in state history and aggressively pushed through by the state's political establishment.
2nd Hampden and Hampshire Election Date Set
The Secretary of State and the Senate President have set the election date for the special election to fill the seat recently vacated by Mike Knapik (R-Westfield). The primary election will be held on Tuesday October 8, 2013 and the final will be held on November 5, 2013 which is also the date of Municipal elections in Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, and Westfield.
OK, so the lesson should be pretty clear by now. Brown and Romney were the last Republicans to win elections here, and they were also the last Republicans to stand up for traditional marriage.
The Democrats will almost certainly nominate someone who is strongly in favor of gay marriage.
Let's give the voters a choice in the Special Election to replace Ed Markey in the House of Representatives. Let's nominate someone who will end same-sex marriage in the United States.
I do happen to live in the Fifth Congressional District, but any candidate should be able to take my idea and run with it. It is a very simple and straightforward argument that we should not allow people to attempt to reproduce with someone of the same sex, but marriage should allow reproduction.
And let's not make the mistake of picking someone with pro-life baggage, or a Rand Paul extremist taking extreme anti-choice arguments. Again, Brown and Romney were pro-choice when they won. Gomez went all in on gay rights, but his pro-life positions and his gun positions and his tax positions sunk him. Those are winning issues for Democrats, but transgenderism and same-sex procreation are not.
(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.