Massachusetts Republican Assembly Urges New MassGOP Strategy
Massachusetts, August 2, 2013
On July 19th the Boston Globe reported that, “A select cohort of top Massachusetts Republicans met quietly last week to discuss the party’s prospects for 2014.” This meeting was called by the chairman of the MassGOP. Those in attendance or conference call are considered the party elite. These are the same liberal, elitist “Republicans” who are responsible for a long series of electoral losses, and the current 11% rate of Republican voter registration in Massachusetts. So what did this elitist group, led by long-time MassGOP National Committeeman, Ron Kaufman, tell the Boston Globe? They plan on more of the same. They want the same failed candidates to run on the same failed Democrat-light, anti-conservative, anti-family platform again. We all know these failed candidates – Charlie Baker, Richard Tisei, and Gabriel Gomez, etc. If the MassGOP is to become relevant, it must promote candidates who uphold traditional Republican values and seek support from grassroots Republicans in Massachusetts.
First and foremost, MassGOP leadership needs to start listening and answering to grassroots Republicans, instead of blindly anointing insipid candidates , who have no message, and whose rallying cry is “work across the aisle”. Support from the base is more than people showing up to vote at the polls. An energized base provides “boots on the ground” to work successful campaigns by giving of time, talent, and donations. Nothing is more depressing to the base than to have questionable candidates promoting liberal agendas while publicly repudiating historically Republican ideals.
Secondly, the MassGOP needs to stop being ashamed of being Republican. It needs to boldly promote Republican principles, and convince voters that these principles are good for society and the nation. The past two U.S. Senate races have been disgraceful. Sadly, both Scott Brown in 2012 and Gabriel Gomez this year loudly voiced their disagreements with the Republican Party. If they had dared to convince the public that Republican polices, both economic and social, are better than those of the Democrat Party, perhaps they would have won their elections to public office.
Thirdly, the MassGOP will not win if at the top of the ticket is a slate of retreads that have already been soundly rejected by voters.
The winning formula is simple: The MassGOP needs to start acting and sounding like Republicans. Our message should be clear, simple, and conservative.
We believe in the sanctity and dignity of life and the family.
We believe in personal responsibility and personal liberty.
We believe that free markets offer the best and greatest opportunity for upward mobility for everyone.
We strongly believe in limited government and lower taxes.
Finally, we believe in giving those who are dependent upon the government a hand up rather than a hand out.
This formula for success will have broad appeal if articulated clearly and with conviction. That means finding candidates who aren’t ashamed of being Republicans. We need candidates who are willing to say, I’m
going to Washington, Beacon Hill, or City Hall to fight for you and for the principles that made this country and our people great.
For more information please contact Dave Kopacz, President, Massachusetts Republican Assembly, at firstname.lastname@example.org