I found this article to be very interesting as after work today I have to drive up in the rain from Dartmouth to Boston (well, to Quincy/Adams & then take the T into the city) for a MassGOP Rules Committee meeting at HQ. I was elected at the last State Committee meeting to serve as 1 of 5 at-large members of the Rules Committee (with 5 others elected, each via a caucus of their own region).
I must say that much of this is news to me. I can’t say that I’m aware that “there has been widespread talk” although yes, Rules Committee members were asked to submit a list of possible rules changes (we reviewed the 2006 & 2002 convention rules).
Having personally submitted a proverbial ton of suggestions myself – perhaps even the lion’s share – and while I cannot speak for others, none of tonight’s business is aimed at either Christy Mihos or Charlie Baker.
As for me? I want to take a fresh look at the Convention Rules. I see no reason to rubber stamp what was done before. However, I also see no reason to completely reinvent the wheel. My thinking is simple, take the best of what works, consider fresh ideas that haven’t been done in the past, and – most importantly – enfranchise, empower, incorporate, & include as many Republicans as possible as delegates to the 2010 Convention.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s all about casting as was wide a net as we can in order to ensure as much GOP participation as humanly possible!
In regards to Mihos/Baker/Dembrowski (any others) or any other contested primary: may the best candidate win in a full, fair, and principled contest. Then may we march forward, together as Massachusetts Republicans, to victory in November 2010.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Christy Mihos yesterday unleashed a pre-emptive strike against mounting speculation that the state Republican party would try to bigfoot him from the primary fight.
There has been widespread talk of the GOP changing the way delegates are allocated to decide which candidates make the cut for party primaries.
Under one scenario that has been privately floated, Republican town caucuses could become winner-take-all, a system that would dramatically lessen the chances of a contested primary in next year’s election.
The state GOP’s rules committee, which sets the guidelines for the party election, is expected to convene today for the first in a series of meetings leading up to the state convention in the fall.