In fall preview, GOP seeing red, happily

Open seats offer hope, officials say

By John Dyer

Globe Correspondent / July 3, 2008

If the Republican Party is an extinct political animal in most of Massachusetts, it might be listed as struggling but alive in Boston’s western suburbs. The region’s GOP officials are promising to heat up legislative races seen as unusually competitive because of incumbents leaving office.

Local Republican leaders say their time has come.

“They call Massachusetts the bluest state. I think it’s just plain wrong,” said John Rainey, chairman of the Westborough Republican Town Committee, at a recent gathering of party candidates. “We are not the bluest state.”

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