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Watertown Republicans Endorse Candidate for State GOP Chairman

The town committee voted to support Rick Green to lead the Massachusetts State Republican Committee.

The following information was provided by the Watertown Republican Town Committee:

On January 31, 2013, the State Committee once again will vote to elect a third State Chair in a since 2009. Save a few bright spots, the MA-GOP has suffered consistent electoral defeats and shrinking party registration for decades. Hence we find ourselves at an important crossroad.

The single most pressing question for the State Committee is whether or not to continue the same old failed policies that allows one high profile candidate at the top of the ticket to install his or her person as Chairman of the State Party. 

It is the opinion of the Watertown Republican Committee that we must abandon the aforementioned policy. The MA-GOP can ill afford to direct virtually all our resources on one candidate, while neglecting the much needed party building efforts.  Rather, we need an independent Chairman who is truly committed to rebuilding the party infrastructure from the bottom up. We need a Chair that understands his or her role is not dictate policy according to his or her personal convictions. Instead the Chair must allow the State Committee and State Convention to decide the platform. He or she must lead, seeking to resolve disagreements and unify the party by building consensus, not by imposing his or her will.

There are now two remaining viable candidates that have announced for the position of MA-GOP Chair. Both are talking about the importance of building the grassroots. However, only one of them has real credibility on the issue.

Rick Green is a successful businessman. He represents the American success story. He built his $70 million, 100+ employee business from nothing in the most challenging Massachusetts regulatory and fiscal environment. In addition Rick has a proven track record of commitment to the grassroots. In the Spring of 2012 he founded the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, which raised $250,000 for local candidates. This figure rivals the MA-GOP’s effort.

Rick is a fresh face and will provide the much needed independent leadership. He has widespread grassroots support from Republicans of all ideological persuasions. Likewise he’s supported by conservative, moderate, and liberal members of the State Committee. Most importantly, Rick will not be indebted to or controlled by one particular candidate who will expect him to do only his bidding as Chair.

Rick Green is committed to making the structural changes needed to build a MA-GOP apparatus and farm team that can compete with the opposition party and the special interests that support them. This includes making an investment in technology necessary to mine, store and share data. This is also crucial to equip local committees and campaigns to their job properly. Likewise Rick understands that we need people to build a grassroots army of foot soldiers. He will require and empower Regional Chairs, State Committee members, and Local Committee Chairs to build local committees, cooperate with friendly organizations in order to recruit solid candidates for every level of government.

Rick also recognizes that for a ticket to be successful, we do need strong candidates at the top. Therefore he’s equally dedicated to giving the proper amount of resources to recruiting and supporting strong candidates, who will work for themselves and down ticket candidates.

Therefore, we the duly elected members of The Watertown Republican Town Committee enthusiastically and unanimously endorse Rick Green for the office of MA-GOP Chairman. We further encourage Steven Aylward and Elizabeth Mahoney our State Committee representatives and Rachel Kemp our Regional Chair to vote for Rick Green for MA-GOP Chairman on January 31st.

John DiMascio January 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM
For the benefit of the readers and not the gutless wonders who hide behind pseudo-names: The RTC has never given a dime on Steve Aylward. He's run essentially self-funded campaigns, accepting nominal contributions from individuals. I would refer to the OCPF website: http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/SearchReportCriteria.aspx?type=candidate You can search any candidate or contributor. He ran for State Senate because for too long the seat has gone unchallenged. We had a State Committee man that was a 40 year incumbent that never bothered to recruit a candidate to run. During his campaign for State Committee he promised to either recruit a candidate for State Senate or run himself. He ran at his own expense. He also recruited 2 candidates to run for State Rep in his district. That's more candidates in one year then his predecessor did in 40 years. He did receive some money from the MA-GOP for his State Senate race. But if you bother to look up his contributions he donated most if not all of it to other candidates in districts that were winnable. Steve served as the Chair of the Watertown RTC from 2004 through December of 2012. He now serves as Treasurer. During his term as Chair he spent countless hours working for other candidates, building the committee, and otherwise serving the community.
John DiMascio January 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM
@ Paul, I can't say that you're assessment is entirely wrong. We have had 3 chairs since 2009. That's because we've always appointed a Chair that's been hand picked by whoever was going to be at the top of the ticket. And of course their job has only been to worry about the one "marquis candidate." Now of course the powers that be would like to do the same thing. Except this time they aren't just be able to run rough-shot. Last March we ousted about 18 State Committee members. The make up of the Committee very different. And the "anointed candidate" for MA-GOP Chair is behind in count. Rick Green is running for MA-GOP Chair to rebuild the party, not just to worry about one candidate's political future.
Paul Fahey January 17, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Building from the base up is the only way to win. But it's also about the message. And they're you are losing.
John DiMascio January 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Well Paul, there is a difference between message and messaging. I'll agree with you that messaging is a problem. But those that believe we need to take same positions as Democrats do in order to win, aren't talking about winning, they are talking about surrendering and declaring victory. The whole point of being in a party is that he hold to certain principles. And the point of trying to win is so you can try to implement your ideas. If you're gonna win just to implement the other guys ideas, then you've lost. That doesn't mean you don't have to give and take. That's part of the negotiation that happens and has to happen if you want to govern. Our message is opportunity, freedom, responsibility. and upward mobility for all, along with a commitment to personal charity. You wouldn't know it the way it's presented. Yes we believe in small/ limited government and free markets because they are the most efficient means to create and distribute wealth. And we believe in these things because we care about life, family, people, and society. But when you have a bunch of out of touch Brahmin running the party, only interested in electing a governor or a senator. that message doesn't get conveyed.
John DiMascio January 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM
By the way, I see that the Democrats are having a caucus for their convention. I will not be making negative comments about Steve Owen (who I happen to like). Nor will I make any wise cracks about having a bake sale to raise bail money for the next Democrat House Speaker. They all seem to have this problem with indictments. The Massachusetts Democrat Party may not be Titanic. But only because they are too busy sinking the Ship of State ! LOL.

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