What Happens Next: Kris Mineau

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This Q&A with Massachusetts Family Institute President Kris Mineau is the second in a series of interviews with conservative and libertarian leaders throughout the state. The purpose of the series, What Happens Next, is to gather perspectives on the current state of the Massachusetts Republican Party and Massachusetts politics.

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Garrett: How would the Massachusetts Family Institute describe the state of politics in Massachusetts?

Kris: Despicable! We live in a one-party state where the ultra-liberal Democrat agenda controls everything.

Garrett: Why is the Massachusetts Republican Party in its current position and how does it improve?

Kris: Leaders of the Party have lost their willingness to call the Democrats to task on a variety of issues, and their brand is tarnished-making running as a Republican more difficult than it’s ever been before. In many cases, the Party lost it’s moorings on traditional family values and fiscal conservatism-even when they had the majority of MA voters on the conservative side of the issues (such as allowing a vote on marriage). When they are no different than the Democrats, people vote for the real Democrat rather than the pseudo-democrat. And in some cases, we have seen Democrats running and winning election who are more conservative than elected Republicans in neighboring districts. To come back, the Party needs to attack the tremendous corruption on Beacon Hill, and raise enough money to get that message out.

Garrett: What is the status of the social conservative movement in Massachusetts?

Kris:  Small in numbers, somewhat fragmented but absolutely dedicated to the cause. We have the potential to make a difference if stay true to our core values and work together. The silent majority of people are with us, but they spend their time working, raising families, and are engaged in their communities and churches. It’s the single-mindedness and intensity of activism on the other side that makes ultra-liberal, out-side-the-mainstream victories possible. We need to do more to counter that.

Garrett: Is the condition of the Massachusetts Republican Party related to the condition of the conservative movement in Massachusetts?

Kris: No. We haven’t deserted our principles, but in many cases the party has. It’s hard for our activists to get excited about pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage Republican candidates. It causes many would-be Republican activists to get discouraged.

Garrett: What role do you see MFI playing in future elections?

Kris: MFI’s role has always been issue advocacy, and does not get involved in elections due to its tax status. However, we do send out a candidate questionnaire, evaluating where candidates stand on many issues to educate voters on those facts. Many of us volunteer and coordinate with other organizations, such as MIPAC and the Coalition for Marriage and Family, which play more of a role in elections.

Garrett: What are the short term and long term legislative goals of MFI?

Kris: Oppose the “Transgender Bill,” which would grant special rights to cross-dressers, and allow men unfettered access to women’s gym locker rooms and public rest rooms. Long term: protect the liberties that are being threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage, such as religious liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience, and the rights of parents to raise their children to have their values without interference and condemnation from state-funded public schools. If possible, reverse the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Garrett: Who is your opposition?

Kris: MassEquality, GLAD, GLSEN, Planned Parenthood, Bay Windows and MassAlliance.

Garrett: What role has the “new media” played in your organization?

Kris: We are constantly improving our capabilities in the electronic media, sending weekly e-alerts, posting on blogs, etc.

Garrett: What are your thoughts on Mass Resistance?

Kris: They are fighting against many of the same culturally disastrous issues as MFI. However, we often differ in our strategic approaches and have different ways of addressing these issues.

Garrett: Is gay marriage here to stay?

Kris: No. We sincerely believe that this is a radical and delusional social experiment that will ultimately fail when people see the tragic results on the traditional family and most of all, children.

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  • Festus Garvey

    I find this statement ironic…in a very general sense and not with an the idealogical bias that I have against Kris…

    “To come back, the Party needs to attack the tremendous corruption on Beacon Hill, and raise enough money to get that message out.”

    Sadly that is the system we have…the need for money to make the system work invites the very corruption he (rightfully decries).

    Also, if Republicans (nationally and locally) take his advice, you will be a minority party for a very long time.  All I hear are two issues–gay marriage and abortion–and nothing else.  We can debate those issues another time, but if those are the overriding issues for the party…you lose.  Plain and simple.  Given the challenges this state and country have, if this is going to be the focus of the Republcian Party…just turn out the lights and go home.  

  • Kris Mineau is truly a class act & a gentleman’s gentleman – something not often found in the dirty business of politics.  I first got to know Kris during the height of the traditional marriage amendment campaign and I’ve been involved with him & and the Mass Family Institutes efforts ever since.  He’s someone I’m very proud to call a friend.    

    Kris & I may not share the same Christian denomination but he is a rock of faith & spirituality put into action.  Even if you severely disagree with Kris on social issues, I dare say that anyone who is honest with themselves cannot help but admit that the public discourse & our Commonwealth would be better if we had more people like Kris Mineau engaged in the process.

    MFI Staff

    Kris Mineau

    President

    A Massachusetts native and decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Mineau served the nation on numerous global assignments, attaining the rank of Colonel in a distinguished military career that spanned the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War.

    A fighter pilot in both the F-4 “Phantom” and F-15 “Eagle” aircraft, Mr. Mineau is a veteran of 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and one of the very few pilots in the world to have survived a supersonic ejection. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters.

    Mr. Mineau is a graduate of Worcester Academy and received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and taught engineering calculus at the Air Force Academy. Following his military career, he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton and served as a pastor in his hometown of North Reading, Massachusetts at Trinity Evangelical Church before joining MFI.

    Kris and his wife, Laura, also a native of North Reading, Massachusetts, have four married children and ten grandchildren. They are frequently featured as motivational speakers concerning their ministry travels to Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as their involvement with key social issues affecting the Commonwealth and the nation.

    http://www.mafamily.org/corpor

  • Good interview but…this is not the type of message that the Republican Party in MA needs to be selling to the public at the moment.  

    Clearly a majority of voters in our state are not yet ready to embrace the major tennants of what the Mass Family Instute is peddling.  That being, an all powerful government that has no problem telling a women what she can or can  not do with her body. Or using the  legislative process to  take away constitutional rights currently enjoyed by gay and lesbian couples in Massachusetts.

    Hardly a positive agenda for the GOP in Massachusetts. Is this the best that the GOP can do to attract new people to  join the party?

    If so, the GOP will never be able to get a majority of the voters to side with it in this state. Clearly at least, 70% of voters in this state reject the government having this much power. Worse yet,independent minded voters look at the agenda of groups like the Mass Family Institute as nothing more than organized efforts to hijack the government to achieve religious goals.

    Maybe the MFI agenda would be a plus or politicial advantage in a place like Utah,  but it just does not play here in Massachusetts.

    In order to win the public over to the Republican cause, in this most blue of blue states the GOP needs to have a big tent on social issues but focus like a laser beam on fiscal and ethical issues.

    Hopefully that is what will happen next.