Hello from Lew Evangelidis

(Go, Lew, Go! – promoted by Cool Cal)

Dear Red Mass Group members,

As many of you know, I announced earlier this week that I’m seeking the position of Minority Leader of the House Republican Caucus when elections are held in January.

First, let me say thank you so much for caring about the future of our party here in Massachusetts. As a long-time Republican, it troubles me greatly to see the state of affairs right now. We need to turn things around, and people like you – the true grassroots base of our party – are essential to our success.

I’m working with a group of dedicated Republicans in the House to restore two-party government here in Massachusetts and to do something positive for the Massachusetts GOP.

I look forward to staying in touch with you and I welcome your feedback.

Below is an e-mail that I sent to the State Committee members earlier today. I’m also including a link to NewsNight with Jim Braude, where I appeared last night to speak about tolls, taxes and the Republican Party.

Thanks so much for all of your hard work and enthusiasm.

Sincerely,

Lew Evangelidis

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

LEW EVANGELIDIS

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

1ST DISTRICT OF WORCESTER                      

Dear State Committee Member,

As an active State Republican Committee member I wanted to reach out to you and let you know I am running for Minority Leader in the House of Representatives. I very much wanted to attend your state committee meeting last Monday to introduce myself, but I felt a commitment to first speak to the Republican caucus which was scheduled to meet Wednesday before I made any public statements.    

We all agree that the status quo for our party is no longer acceptable. Our party needs to be re-energized and I am committed to help elect more Republicans to the House. In my six years in the legislature I have seen our caucus drop from 24 to a now historic low of 16 members. As recently as 1996 we had 35 members in the House. I cannot see how we can bring a new message to the voters of Massachusetts with the same voices. I will be reaching out to you in the coming days and seeking your input on how we can craft a plan to turn things around. Below you will see my announcement of my candidacy. The party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan will be back.

I would invite you to watch my appearance on New England Cable News last night talking about taxes and leadership. You can click on this link or copy it into your internet browser.  

http://www.necn.com/Boston/Business/2008/11/20/Newsnight-Gas-tax-vs-toll/1227231434.html

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Lew  

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Date: November 19, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EVANGELIDIS TO SEEK MINORITY LEADERSHIP

Statement from State Representative Lew Evangelidis (R-Holden) regarding his candidacy for House Minority Leader.

“Today I am announcing my candidacy for House of Representatives minority leader. There is nothing more important in our state today then to revive our two party system in Massachusetts. The Republican House Caucus is now at a historic low. During my six years in the legislature our party has lost a third of its seats, dwindling from 24 members to 16. Everywhere I go Republican leaders and state committee members are pleading for a change in direction and new leadership for our Republican party.

All across the country, Republicans are regrouping to chart a new course. Massachusetts must do the same.

I want to be clear that my candidacy is not about the current minority leader, I consider him a friend. But the fact is, the Republican Caucus can no longer afford to let personal politics and loyalties stand in the way of making changes and moving forward in a new direction. Every two years we have an election for leader and now is the time for us to make a change.

We need to energize our party and elect more Republicans to the House of Representatives. We must be vocal watchdogs for good government on behalf of the citizens of Massachusetts. The Republican caucus must be a leader when it comes to ethical reform at the State House. We need leadership that is willing to challenge the Democrats inside the building and be much more visible outside the building. We need a stronger, better message that resonates with Massachusetts residents.  

The Republican caucus needs a new message and a new voice. For these reasons, I am running as a candidate for minority leader this January. The next leader should not be a career politician. This is a 2-4 year commitment to rebuild our caucus and our party.

I look forward to being elected leader of our party on January 7th and working together to move us in a new and positive direction.”

Lew Evangelidis has represented the 1st District of Worcester County since 2002. He is only one of two Republicans to defeat an incumbent democrat in the last 10 years. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received his Juris Doctor from Temple University Law School. Evangelidis is a former Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney and Assistant State Attorney in Dade County Florida.

About Lew_Evangelidis

  • Who has shown more commitment to helping GOP candidates – looks like Jones by a mile.

    According to OCPF records the candidates for Minority Leader have done the following since 2002 to financially support the Party and candidates though their committees and personally.

    Jones had no opponent in 2002, had a well financed opponent from the biggest town in 2004 who spent 47,000 again had no opponent in 2006 and faced a week opponent again from the bigger town in 2008 and had 112,000 on hand as of 10/17/08

    10/9/2002   Brad Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Fenniman, Todd D. $100.00

    9/26/2002   jones committee

    251 park street north reading, MA 01864 Amorello, Peter $100.00

    10/10/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Avella, Paul J. $100.00

    11/1/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Barrows, Fred J. $100.00

    7/16/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Barrows, Fred J. $100.00

    1/3/2008   Jones Committee

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Blaisdell , John $100.00

    11/17/2003   Jones Comm (12534)

    251 Park St North Reading, MA Brown, Scott P. $100.00

    10/26/2006   Jones Comm. (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Burbine, R. Andrew $100.00

    10/30/2002   Brad Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Canedy, Ann $100.00

    12/16/2005   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Coppola, Virginia $100.00

    1/17/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Coppola, Virginia $100.00

    10/17/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 deMacedo, Olly $100.00

    12/12/2005   JONES COMMITTEE

    251 PARK ST NO READING, MA 01864 Dennehy, Jonathan $100.00

    1/12/2006   JONES COMMITTEE

    251 PARK ST NO READING, MA 01864 Dennehy, Jonathan $100.00

    11/1/2002   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park st. North Reading, MA 01864 Evangelidis, Lewis G. $100.00

    10/9/2002   jones committee

    251 park st North Reading, MA 01864 Field, George P. $100.00

    12/31/2007   Jones Committee

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Frost, Paul K. $100.00

    10/4/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Frost, Paul K. $100.00

    8/24/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Gifford, Susan D. Williams $100.00

    10/9/2002   The Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Gifford, Susan D. Williams $100.00

    10/12/2002   Jones, Bradley

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 legislator

    Comm. Of Mass Grabauskas, Daniel A. $250.00

    9/10/2002   Jones, Jr., Bradley

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Legislator

    Comm of MA Grabauskas, Daniel A. $250.00

    5/27/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Haley, Dan $100.00

    9/29/2006   Jones, Bradley

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Representative

    Commonwealth of MA Healey, Kerry Murphy $500.00

    6/24/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Hill, Bradford R. $100.00

    10/30/2006   Jones, Bradley

    249 Park St North Reading, MA 01864 State Representative

    Commonwealth of MA Hillman, Reed V. $500.00

    10/30/2006   Jones Committee (Committee to Elect Brad

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Howitt, Steven $100.00

    10/8/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Humason Jr., Donald F. $100.00

    10/12/2002   Jones, Bradley H

    251 Park St North Reading, MA 01864 Humason Jr., Donald F. $100.00

    11/19/2007   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Hutchinson, Mark B. $100.00

    10/9/2002   Jones, Brad

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 State Rep.

    Comm. Of MA Irsfeld, J. Christopher $100.00

    7/19/2006   Jones Committee

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Lepper, John A. $100.00

    12/29/2007   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Loscocco, Paul J.P. $100.00

    7/27/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $500.00

    10/17/2007   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $1,000.00

    6/28/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $1,000.00

    2/20/2004   The Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $500.00

    10/11/2005   The Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $500.00

    2/20/2004   The Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $500.00

    10/26/2006   Jones Committee

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Magovern, Robert A. $100.00

    5/4/2007   Jones Committee

    251 Park St North Reading, MA 01864 Obey, Douglas $100.00

    5/20/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Parente, Sonny $100.00

    6/26/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Perry, Jeffrey $100.00

    11/2/2002   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Perry, Jeffrey $100.00

    9/16/2005   Jones Committee, Brad

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 CPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $100.00

    10/24/2008   Jones Committee, Brad

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 CPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $1,500.00

    10/30/2008   Jones Committee, Brad

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 CPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $500.00

    6/25/2008   Jones, Committee to Elect

    249 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 OCPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $500.00

    3/1/2006   Jones Committee, Brad

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 CPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $110.00

    6/30/2005   Jones Committee, Brad

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 CPF ID: 12534

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $100.00

    9/30/2002   Jones, Bradley H.

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Representative

    Commonwealth of MA Romney, Mitt $250.00

    3/30/2005   Jones, Bradley

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Representative

    Commonwealth of MA Romney, Mitt $200.00

    7/28/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Ross, George T. $100.00

    9/13/2008   Jones, Brad

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 State Representative Ross, Richard $100.00

    10/8/2002   The Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St North Reading, MA 01864 Sachs, Kathy $100.00

    6/22/2008   Jones – Committee

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Scibelli, William G. $100.00

    10/5/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Singer, David $100.00

    2/24/2003   Jones Committee

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Sisk, Matthew R. $100.00

    12/30/2003   Jones Committee

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Smola, Todd $100.00

    5/9/2008   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Vigeant, Arthur G. $100.00

    8/14/2006   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Villamaino III, Enrico John $100.00

    10/9/2002   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St North Reading, MA 01864 Webster, Daniel K. $100.00

    10/28/2002   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Wheatley, Larry $100.00

    1/1/2003   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 Wheatley, Larry $100.00

    9/7/2005   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park St. North Reading, MA 01864 White Jr., William $100.00

    10/28/2002   Jones Committee (12534)

    251 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Witkos, Ryan J. $100.00

    12/31/2007   Jones Committee (12534)

    249 Park Street North Reading, MA 01864 Attorney

    Self-Employed Worden III, John L. $100.00

    Evangelidis was elected in 2002 and had no opponent in 2004, faced a weak opponent in 2006 from a smaller community who spent 20,500 with a democrat primary and again faced no opponent in 2008 and had 44,000 cash on hand as of 10/17/08

    4/6/2002   Evangelidis, Lewis G.

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 Attorney At Law loan

    Pelligrini & Seeley Evangelidis, Lewis G. $4,500.00

    5/30/2002   Evangelidis, Lewis

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 Unknown Romney, Mitt $100.00

    12/17/2003   Evangelidis Election Comm

    PO Box 186 Holden, MA Brown, Scott P. $100.00

    4/27/2004   Evangelidis, Lew

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 Lawyer Amorello, Robert $50.00

    8/16/2004   Committe to Elect Lewis Evangelidis (13916)

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 MA Republican House Political

    Action Committee $500.00

    10/3/2004   Evangelidis Committee (13916)

    PO Box 186 Holden, MA 01520 Hill, Bradford R. $100.00

    10/3/2004   Evangelidis Election Committee

    P.O. Box 215 Holden, MA 01520 Gifford, Susan D. Williams $100.00

    10/8/2004   Evangelidis Election Comm.

    PO Box 186 Holden, MA 01520 Perry, Jeffrey $100.00

    10/28/2004   Evangelidis Election Committee

    Box 186 Holden, MA 01520 Gomes, Shirley A. $100.00

    2/28/2005   Evangelidis, Committee To Elect

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 CPF ID: 13916

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $200.00

    2/2/2006   Evangelidis Election Committee (13916)

    P. O. Box 186 Holden, MA 01520 Coppola, Virginia $100.

    3/17/2006   Evangelidis, Committee To Elect

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 CPF ID: 13916

    Candidate Committee Republican State Committee, MA $65.00

    11/30/2007   Evangelidis, Lewis

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 State Representative

    Comm. of Mass. Lukes, Konstantina $200.00

    5/6/2008   Evangelidis Committee (13916)

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 Parente, Sonny $100.00

    5/9/2008   Evangelidis Committee (13916)

    215 Newell Road Holden, MA 01520 Vigeant, Arthur G. $100.00

  • 1) MA Republican House Political Action Committee is only his because he is the minority leader.  It will be Lew’s if he was the minority leader.  It’s not Jones’s personal committee.  In an apples to apples comparison he should not get credit for this.

    However, if you insist on talking about the Leaders PAC we should talk about it’s lack of fund raising.  Many Conservatives won’t donate to his PAC because he actively works to prevent the people from voting on the issue of marriage.

    2) Jones District:  Jones district is All of North Reading, All of Lynnfield, 1 of 2 in Middleton, and 5 of 9 in Reading.  It is one of the most Conservative in the entire state.  While The “Bigger Town” is Reading (where I am from) which is split in half.

    McCain won Lynnfield 3,811 – 3,018 (3/3)

    McCain won N. Reading 4,251 – 4,052 (4/4)

    McCain won Middleton 2,265 – 1,978 but only has 1/2.

    McCain lost Reading 5,827 – 7,675 but only has 5/9.

    I don’t have the precinct by precinct results.  If anyone does, please post.  If McCain got the town averages for his partial towns, then he won the district outright while losing MA by 26%.  The district is more Republican than places like Indiana and North Carolina.

    I mention this now before people start the “only Jones can win there” nonsense.

    http://www.boston.com/news/pol

  • Ashburnham

    How many of you have actually met and talked to both Brad Jones and Lew Evangelidis?? I have, so I can compare my personal impressions of both men.

    Brad Jones is a good man and a good legislator. He has been a good person to represent our party in Boston. I have nothing bad to say about Brad.

    But this isn’t about Brad. It is more about Lew for me. Brad is not a bad Minority Leader in my opinion. But Lew would be a better one.

    Here is what you don’t see from these campaign contribution numbers:

    1. Lew’s enthusiasm and his energy. No one works harder for us than Lew Evangelidis. His stories of how hard he campaigns are legendary, and in my mind, only short of the absolute commitment that I saw in Reed Hillman (that man is a machine!!). Lew is constantly working for the people of his district and constantly working on bringing the right issues to the fore.

    2. Lew’s commitment towards grass roots campaigning and building the party. I can speak personally about this, for I have seen Lew spend countless hours encouraging Republican Selectmen and City Councilors to run for office. He doesn’t just ask people to run, though. He then spends more countless hours directly advising those candidates and helping them connect with the people that can help them win. This shows me that Lew is not just in it for himself. He believes in the party and wants to see Republicans gain more seats in the House and Senate. In other words, he does not just write candidates a check. He is there to help advise the campaign, he helps organize and attend campaign events, and he is there on election day to support the campaign, win or lose.

    3. Lew’s passion. Lew is not afraid to speak truth to power. We need a Minority Leader that is not afraid to take tough stands on important issues and mount public relations campaigns to educate the public. We may be a minority, but our voices can and should still be heard. The “go along to get along” mentality should end right here and right now. Until we start standing for something, no one is going to follow us.

    Brad Jones is a good man and has represented the party well. But it is time for a change and time for new fresh ideas and energy.

  • The list which was provided about how both have donated since 2002 is correct and fair.  The person who posted it only posted the donations Brad Jones either made himself or his election committee made.  There was no credit given to Jones for donations made via the House PAC.

  • I don’t get it- rather than tearing the Republican party in two in the house, why can’t they just work together.  Jones has not done anything that would warrant him being removed and I think has been a pretty good leader.

    Rather than tearing the party apart why cant Mr Evangelidis work with Jones to help rebuild the party? Maybe he should be the assistant leader?  

    With only 16 members out of 160 you would think that it is important that they all work together.  Rather than ending the career of someone who has devoted his life to the Republican party, Maybe Evangelidis should run for state party chairman.  There is an opening.  Sounds like he would be more effective outside the state house anyways.  He has been there how many years…..and what has he done?

  • Assuming that Jones is deposed, do you actually think that he is going to stick around?  BNCordeiro is pretty naive to think that he is going to go from leading the house republicans over a period of years to being content to stay as rank and file member.

    Futhermore, if Jones is deposed then Peterson and deMarcino and others will also be removed from their posts.  After all Captian Lou is going to have to pay back his supporters.  

    So, at the end of the day what will you have? Do you really think that the House Republicans will ever again be a cohesive group if Lew is successful?  That they are all going to hold hands and sing kumbia?  No – this will fracture them for many years to come.

    And what a cavilier attitude DD4RP has.  Why who cares if Jones stays or goes…we can hold on to that seat with the snap of our fingers……yea just like the other supposively Republican totally safe open seats that we lost on election day.  Paul Loscocco/Dan Healy for example.

    I guess the bottom line is this, unless someone can say that Jones has been a bad leader or make a compelling case that he should be removed Lou should be running for state party chair not minority leader.

    And finally, if he is running for minority leader he should be doing it by making his case to his collegues – not turning the leadership fight into a public specticale -and giving the dems plenty of ammunition!

  • I think it’s great to see you challenge the status quo.  

    We need to signal to the electorate, mass media and the Democratic Party that we are turning a corner and instituting real change as opposed to “returning to pocketbook issues.”  Of course focusing on one set of issues, social or otherwise will not help, but seriously, I’ve been hearing that line for 2 years now!

    Good call on the new message and new messengers–we need them and you can win in January!