For immediate release to the Press– Massachusetts Republican Assembly:
February 3, 2014…
The Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA) congratulates Ms. Cathy Richardson, Republican State Committeewoman elect for the Second Essex and Middlesex State Senatorial District. She fills the seat vacated by her mother, Sheila Richardson, who retired and moved out of the district. Cathy and Sheila have a long history of selflessly serving the MA-GOP, Republican Candidates, and fighting the good fight for Republican principles and causes. This mother/daughter team worked tirelessly for Charlie Baker’s 2010 campaign, with Sheila running Baker’s Lowell office. For these reasons among many others, Cathy Richardson garnered an overwhelming 84% vote in the caucus.
Most noteworthy however, is which high-profile Republicans opposed Richard’s election by supporting Andrea Crupi. Ms. Crupi, who serves on the Nation Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) political committee, works to defeat our fellow Republicans.
The Most Honorable State Representative and House Minority Leader Brad Jones, Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker and Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei, in some manner supported Crupi.
Regarding Baker and Tisei, let’s assume mistakes were made. Both should have simply stayed out of this race completely for obvious reasons. However, Minority Leader Jones has some explaining to do; Ms. Crupi is also on his staff.
1) Why would the House Minority leader hire someone who opposes the election of fellow Republicans?
2) Why would he want her to be elected State Committeewoman, and thus have access to internal MA-GOP strategy and data?
3) Does Mr. Jones have a vested interest in defeating certain fellow Republicans, who might not support his re-election as House Minority Leader, thus costing him money, prestige, and influence?
These serious ethical questions deserve answers. Likewise, the concern that a party leader hired and then supported an anti- Republican infiltrator for State Committee requires swift and decisive action.
Republicans of good will may have policy differences. But for the good of the Commonwealth and Nation, our fellow Republicans must defeat extremist Democrats in 2014.
Mary Lou Daxland
MARA National Committee Woman
MARA Communication’s Committee Chairman