We now have our chart of Republican State Committee candidates for the 2016 season posted.
Updates will be made daily, or as appropriate.
The battle lines are simple: Gov. Charlie Baker has endorsed a slate of 54 candidates in an attempt to gain absolute control of the party apparatus, and to drive out any conservatives on the existing state committee. E-mails, endorsements, mailings, newspaper articles, and yes, even candidates getting high-profile appointments and magical appearances on TV commercials for MassSave. Go figure. The “Establishment” touts their great success at getting phone calls, re-taking the corner office (Gov.), and energizing the party.
In contrast to the rah-rah show of the Establishment (and their track record…..Baker’s last endorsee was Pres. Candidate Chris Christie who dropped out of the race less than 4 days after receiving Baker’s endorsement), the Reformers point to a need to respect the voters, the grassroots of the party, and they seek transparency. Many have also noted the backwards Party apparatus that spends 86 cents out of ever dollar of donation to the MassGOP on Salaries and Overhead, and allows only 16 cents of every dollar to make its way to candidates.
Look around. How many Republican elected officials are there in this state?
• Of 160 state representatives: 34
• Of the 40 state senators: 5
• Of the 11 Washington offices: 0
• Of state-wide offices other than governor: 0, zippo, nada, nunca, nothing.
Meanwhile, the Republican State Committee, the 80-member policy-making and managing group
responsible for the Republican party voice, goals, and campaign initiatives continues to flounder. And
candidates for the 2016 election cycle? As scarce as donuts at a Weight Watchers® meeting.
On www.VoteCoreValues.org, candidates are rated on their votes and declared positions on a number
of core beliefs and values that are controversial, yet important to some voters, including guns, taxes,
abortion, etc. The site is currently being updated for the 2016 election season and displays the current
state committee and opponents.