(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.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
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.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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.