Watertown's Semonian Launches Campaign for GOP State Committeeman

Robert Semonian seeks reelection to the Massachusetts Republican State Committee.

Watertown's Robert A. Semonian will seek another term as the Republican State Committeeman for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district, which includes Watertown, Belmont and parts of Boston.

During his time on as a committeeman he has served as chairman of Ethnic Outreach for the Massachusetts Republican Party, according to an article on PanArmenian.net.

“I am most proud of the policy and program initiatives that have proven important to the state Party’s outreach to the recruitment and training of dozens of qualified candidates who have represented the Republican Party with integrity, can-do spirit and electoral success," Semonian said in the article. "I take great pride during my many years on the State Committee with uniting various political factions and helping to create a positive forward looking agenda for action. I do not believe and never resorted to name calling and negative attacks on my opponents or adversaries of the Republican Party."

Semonian is involved in the campaigns for Sen. Scott Brown and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and has served as a trustee of MassBay Community College.

He also is treasurer and director of the Improper Bostonian Magazine.

Semonian faces in the race for Republican State Committeeman. The election is March 6. Aylward is the chairman of the Watertown Republican Town Committee and a former Watertown School Committee member.

John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 10:07 AM
What was the basis of his challenge. Steve had failed to put his middle initial on one of the several sheets which contained signatures. He implied that by omitting his middle initial, Steve was somehow trying to confuse the voters by pretending to be someone else. One of the other Sheets had been notarized which is the required practice when running for Municipal office, but is not required at the State Level. And Mr. Semonian didn't have a problem playing fast and loose with the truth during his sworn testimony. Acting as an expert, because he too had run for Municipal Office (he failed to mention that was over 30 years ago) he stated that he knew that a notary stamp was not needed when running for Municipal Office. The bottom line is by acting as though he was an expert and knew this to be a fact, it appears he gave misleading testimony under oath. All this to keep another Republican off the ballot. In so doing he was attempting to disenfranchise dozens of registered voters from Watertown. And let's not forget the cost the taxpayers incurred. Obviously this took more than a few man hours for the people who work in the Department of Elections and the Secretary of States Office.
John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Now I guess that doesn't qualify as negative campaigning. It's a lot worse if you ask me. It was complete waste of time and taxpayer dollars. His testimony under oath was certainly contemptible if not worse. But it's nice to read that Bob Semonian takes pride in never saying anything negative about his opponents.
John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Mr. Semonian claims he's never resorted to name calling his opponents. What he doesn't tell us is that he wasted the Massachusetts Election Commissions time with a frivolous challenge of Steve Aylward's nomination papers. His challenge was so absurd that board members were holding in their laughter during the hearing. And they ultimately ruled unanimously against Mr. Semonian.
John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Since when is stating the facts vitriol. You can look up the public record and read the case, the decision and the testimony in question. As for the "State Organization" let's talk on March 7th. There are 40 new candidates running for State Committee.
John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Have a nice day there Sonny!
wp sams March 04, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Bob Semonian??? Who is he and where has the Watertown Republican Committee been??? time for a change!
John DiMascio March 04, 2012 at 05:00 PM
WP-- he first took office the year George McGovern carried Massachusetts. Back when gasoline still had lead in it and it cost 36 per gallon. In other words 1972. In that time you can count on one hand the number of Republican candidates he's recruited to run in his own District. As for the Watertown Republican Committee, under Steve Aylward it has become one of the most active in the State. We've elected 4 people to municipal office, and worked for a variety of candidates who all rave about the work we've done for them. So yes it is time for change at the State Committee. For decades they've followed a failed strategy of expending all their resources on Governor's race, while they've ignored local candidates. This top down strategy has lead to 10% representation in the State Senate, 20% in the Lower House, and 11% enrollment statewide.
wp sams March 04, 2012 at 08:35 PM
what's your spin on aylward, sonny?
wp sams March 04, 2012 at 10:55 PM
that doesn't help much. and semonian?
John DiMascio March 05, 2012 at 12:01 PM
WP Semonian is part of the establishment that has given us 11% party registration. He's Cocktail Party Committeeman. He spends his time rubbing elbows with high profile candidates or the rich and famous and getting his picture taken. He does no work. In his 40 years he has never recruited a single Republican to run for State Senate in his own district. Actually all you really need to know about Semonian is that he just vote for guy for MA-GOP Chair, that gave $2,400 to Chuck Schumer and $500 to Deval Patrick. Semonian knew about the Schumer contribution and he still voted for him. He is a party hack that votes the way he's told to vote. He hasn't had an independent thought in his entire life. If you want to know about Aylward visit his website www.SteveAylward.com
wp sams March 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Sonny please elaborate on what Bob has accomplished so that we can make an informed decision on election day.
Sonny Beaches March 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill: Mr. DiMascio claims Robert A. Semonian is a very bad state committeeman. Unfortunately Steve Aylward would be so much worse.
John DiMascio March 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
John DiMascio March 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
How much worse can you get than 11% enrollment? Please Sonny, it's time you hang up your personal issues with Steve. You've made a career out of knocking him under different aliases. You're the one people can see right through.
wp sams March 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
ah, sonny, i'm not john dimascio. just trying to figure out the best candidate here.
John DiMascio March 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
John DiMascio March 07, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Unofficial Results, Aylward carries Watertown by 385 votes beating Semonian nearly 2 to 1 in some precincts. He also carries Belmont by 176 votes, at my last count Semonian only carried one precinct in Belmont. And in Boston Semonian fair a little better where over 36 precincts he bested Aylward by a net 21 or votes. The numbers from Watertown and Belmont were received by poll workers calling into the campaign. The Boston numbers come from the City of Boston Website.


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