The Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Repulican” has served this party well since Ronald Reagan’s first gubernatorial election. That is why it puzzles me that Holly Robichaud and Ron Vining have decided to vehemently attack Mitt Romney.
I’ve been trying all morning to figure out what Holly and Ron are thinking. First where do they get off using the name “Massachusetts Republicans for Truth”? The last time I checked Holly only thought there was one “lone Republican”, at least that is what her weekly mini-column states in The Boston Herald. Also according to the Republican State Committee bylaws:
ARTICLE VIII: REPUBLICAN CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS
Section 1. Use of the Word “Republican.”
No person, committee, association or organization (“organization”) shall use the word “Republican” or other designation synonymous therewith as a part of its name, or as part of its acronym, or otherwise represent itself to be an organization affiliated with the State Republican Party or the State Committee, without having applied for and received a charter or permit from the Republican State Committee, pursuant to G.L. c. 56, sec. 40. The Executive Committee shall have the power to enforce this section by referring violations to the state Attorney General’s office for civil and criminal sanctions.
Ron and Holly have no legal authority to use that name, none.
UPDATE Vining Press Release
Second, who are the 40 out of the close to 450,000 registered Republicans in Massachusetts. It seems as if Holly and Ron don’t want us to know quite yet:
So far, about 40 Massachusetts Republicans, including elected state committee members and activists who have been involved in campaigns for years, have joined Massachusetts Republicans for Truth. Robichaud, a contributor to the Herald’s Monday political briefing, said she would not yet identify the other members. The group’s website goes live Monday.
I would imagine one of the main contributors will be Jim Rappaport, who is still smarting over his loss to Kerry Healey in 2002. After all he openly supported Christy Mihos in the 2006 election, going against his oft stated pledge to never support anyone but a Republican. After all Ron and Holly are Jim’s people.
If there are State Committee members, they need to think long and hard about how directly contravening the bylaws affects their membership in the State Committee
Third, how does this help party builing in this state. When Ron was running for State Party Chairman he kept repeating the mantra that we need to build the party from the grassroots. How does this help that goal? I can’t seem to figure that one out.
Holly and Ron, you got some ‘splainin’ to do…