What Happened to "People over Party" – Senator Brown?

Election of a MA-GOP Chair

Fresh of his vote with the Democrats in favor of a horrible UN Treaty, MA Senator Scott Brown endorses Kristen Hughes to be MA-GOP Chair. How is it that Mr. "People over Party", who has refused to campaign for his fellow Republicans, who wouldn't call himself a Republican, who wouldn't use the word Republican on his website, is now interested in who the MA-GOP elects for its next state Chair?

Since his surprise victory in January 2010, Brown’s actions vis-a-vis his fellow Republicans, have been reprehensible. Here's a guy with over a 60 percent approval rating but he did nothing to help elect the same Republicans who got him elected.

In 2010 he was nowhere to be found to help our Congressional Candidates. He should have endorsed and campaigned for every single one of them. In the Spring of 2011, he promised to endorse Jim Dixon in a special election bid to win a State Rep. seat in 10 Middlesex District. He later reneged on his commitment without explanation. This after Jim Dixon and the entire Great Waltham Tea-Party (for all intents and purposes Dixon's campaign team) worked relentlessly in the cold to help him defeat Martha Coakley. Talk about a sleaze-ball move!

In 2012, he literally ran away from the Republican Party, but all the while came hat in hand looking to down ticket candidates for volunteers to man his phone banks. And what did they get in return. The volunteers were allowed to mention their candidate's name once at the beginning of the call. They weren't allowed to say what office he or she was running for. And the voter identification data was not shared with the campaign who shared the volunteers. Brown wanted everything and gave Zero, Nada, Niente, Nothing in return.

Thirty Million Dollars was spent on this man's campaign. That was money raised from Massachusetts Republicans, by MA-GOP volunteers, by volunteers from down ticket campaigns. Now he's sitting on all that voter data and refuses to share it with Republican Committees and Campaigns who need for their 2013 Municipal elections.

So now he wants to anoint the next MA-GOP Chair so as to have access to the Victory Fund. Sorry Senator, that money is needed to elect Republican Mayors, Selectman, City Councilors, School Committee members, and dog-catchers in 2013. It's needed to elect State Reps and State Senators, Governor's Councilors, District Attorneys, and County Clerks in 2014.

We can no longer afford to trade away the entire team and the entire farm system to buy one "star player," and in this case a star player that had a lousy season.

Sorry Senator, you abandon not just the Republican Party, you abandoned the very Republicans whom you were asking to help you. Now you want to run the MA-GOP through your proxy. You’re more than welcome to seek the Republican nomination for Senate again. Should you win the nomination, you’ll get my vote. That is if you actually run as a Republican this time. As for support beyond that, well maybe if you start sharing the voter data with the local Republican Committees. But as far as I’m concern, you’ve given any straight-thinking Republican State Committee member, sufficient reason to not vote for Kristen Hughes as State Party Chair!

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Sonny Beaches December 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Hmm...do I hear sour grapes? Or just the gripes of Ailward, who couldn't get elected dogcatcher in his own district?
John DiMascio December 09, 2012 at 08:58 PM
For the record and for the benefit of people who have better time that make asinine inferences without putting their actual names to them: There are no sour grapes here. This is about the MA-GOP not being at the sole service on only one candidate, be it Senator Brown or Charlie Baker or one candidate.
John DiMascio December 10, 2012 at 07:04 AM
For those who are actually interested in substance, I'd suggest they follow this story for a few weeks and see exactly how widespread the sentiments I've expressed about picking a new MA-GOP Chair are among both rank & file Republicans and members of the State Committee who are fed up with the hubris, lack of direction, and historical diversion of all resources to one candidate. As for Steve Aylward, he ran a SELF-FUNDED campaign, for the purpose of engaging issues, giving people an option on to voters. This is something his predecessor consistently failed to do over 40 years. He also ran to motivate some people to come to polls who might not, as the outcome of the Presidential race in MA was a foregone conclusion and many conservatives were more than bit unenthused with Senator Brown's voting record. Steve, refused to take contributions, instead telling people to give to other candidates. Any checks he received he in turn redistributed to other candidates running in tight races in more Republican friendly districts. Starting last Spring, the Watertown RTC knocked on doors to gather several hundred signatures for Senator Brown. Our people went to his call center and made calls for him and other candidates. We dropped 5,000 pieces of literature for Senator Brown throughout district. We organized and participated in visibilities (stand outs or sign holdings) in Watertown, Belmont, Waltham, Newton, Copley Square and Dudley Station, just to name a few.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Sonny, I've warned you about personal attacks. Don't let it happen again. This one is obvious, no explanation necessary.
John DiMascio December 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I'll put the work of Watertown's RTC up for comparison to any in the State. And our members supported candidates directly according to our means. Now I need to correct the record regarding something I wrote in my post. After speaking with Senator Friday evening, I did some further investigation as to what happened in the field offices. It seems that the level of cooperation varied from office to office. This indicates to me that perhaps part if not all the problem in this instance was caused by the staff. And while the Senator is ultimately responsible for what the staff does, the man can't be on top of every operational detail. If the information didn't get to him, then he couldn't fix it. So I I wanted to set the record straight. If I get something wrong, I clear it up. Notwithstanding this issue which I just corrected, I believe the cumulative effect of the Senators voting record, the Senators campaign message, the other instances where I believe he fell short in his obligation to publicly support congressional and local candidates since 2010, all add up to appearance that the Senator was running away from the party and now wants to have control of it. This is nothing personal against Senator Brown. I voted for him. I supported him, and did what I could to help his campaign as did out entire RTC. He was certainly a good Senator overall. Moreover, Elizabeth Warren will pursue disastrous policies that will cripple the economy and the nation.
Karla Vallance December 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
So Sonny, we think it's time for you to start using your real name in commenting. You are welcome to make comments (that not personal attacks), but it is not fair play for you to speak out pungently, but hiding behind your anonymous user name. We're calling you out.
Paul Fahey December 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
John I am so glad that when you savage people here it's never personal.
John DiMascio December 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Paul, it is and always has been about policy.
Paul Fahey December 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM


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