( – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
Any typos or such should be attributed to my bad transcription of this letter that I received in today’s mail.
— Brock N. Cordeiro
State Committee Member
Second Bristol & Plymouth Senate District
(New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet & Mattapoisett)
Chairman, MassGOP Region 5
Jennifer A. Nassour, Esq.
December 22, 2010
I hope this letter finds you enjoying Christmas and the New Year surrounded by the joy and warmth of family and friends. This is a time for both reflection and resolutions, and in that spirit, I write today about both the past and future of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
I have decided to seek re-election as Chairman at the January 6, 2011, Republican State Committee meeting. I ask for your vote. With your support, I look forward to another term to continue the important progress we have made together in rebuilding the Republican Party in Massachusetts.
We started in January 2009 with our party shouldering the burdensome debt and the office infrastructure and system sin critical disrepair. Today, we stand debt free with functioning systems and equipment that allow for greater efficiency and productivity. In addition to climbing out of debt, we began focusing on how to achieve the ultimate goal of any political party, reaching majority status.
We recognized that our greatest strength rests with the people dedicated to our party, and we spent much effort in 2009 setting the stage for activists and donors to increase their level of involvement in building the party. Our regional forums, the New Majority Project funding program, early candidate recruitment, town committee organizing, and candidate and staff training sessions were all important facets of laying the groundwork for the coming election year.
In late 2009 and into 2010, we stood resolutely behind Scott Brown in his race for U.S. Senate. We opened our headquarters for his press conferences and lent staff to his campaign, and I went to Washington to lobby party leaders for support. We savored his victory knowing it would mean a tough fight to preserve his State Senate seat, and again, the MassGOP team was on the ground playing a central role electing Richard Ross.
Between those two victories, we also organized one of the largest and most successful Republican state conventions ever held in the Commonwealth. With more than 4,000 delegates, we staged a spectacular event that showcased our candidates and energized our supporters for the campaign trail. In addition to a strong statewide slate, the MassGOP recruited scores of candidates, with 173 appearing on primary ballots and 138 moving on to the general election. This doubled the previous election cycle’s number of candidates.
What we learned from the Brown and Ross campaigns is that the MassGOP does not, and never will, have the resources to run every campaign for every candidate. WE must rely upon the candidates and their supporters to run their campaigns. What the MassGOP should do, and did do in 2010, is provide a critical support role that provides important data, training on all facets of winning campaigns, and other types of in-kind assistance to our candidates and their staffs. In 2010, Republican campaigns benefited from an unprecedented level of support from a party without the benefit of a sitting governor.
In the end, 25 new Republican candidates were elected to seats across Massachusetts. In the House of Representatives, 21 new Republicans were elected, doubling the size of the House Republican Caucus and reversing a 20-year slide. We added a fifth sheriff and two Governor’s Councilors – the first in 20 years – as well as a county commissioner. All Republicans seeking re-election were victorious while 12 Democratic incumbents were defeated.
Our party made tremendous progress in November and laid the groundwork for future growth. These new elected officials, working with our veterans, will be central to further organizing our grassroots and building teams of experienced volunteers. They will help push a Republican platform on Beacon Hill to present voters with intelligent, viable alternatives to the typical tax-and-spend plans promoted by Democrats. And from this group of Republican officials will rise future congressional and statewide candidates.
We have all heard the naysayers, who offer opinions and blame for the defeats of our candidates for statewide office and Congress. I listen for the useful and constructive criticism, and I would offer you a few observations. In this year’s election, our party was able to field candidates for nearly every seat up and down the ballot, including 9 out of 10 congressional seats. We had not done that in many years. We had hope and energy, and many, many candidates who did very well for first-time campaigners. They, too, will be future, successful candidates.
As for the allocation of resources, this is a perennial complaint and someone is always upset no matter what the decision. Resources take many forms, be it direct financial support, in-kind contributions, or opening doors to national party funds and private donors. I would simply state that as chairman, the decisions on expending resources were ultimately my responsibility. I listened to many perspectives. In the end, I gave greatest consideration to the advice and counsel of those who assisted in raising the funds and little to those who did not lift a finger.
It took decades for our party to reach the point where we found it two years ago. It will take more than one election cycle to rebuild. We are off to a strong start with 100 new town committees, scores of new, seasoned volunteers, and efforts already underway to train and inspire our activists and future candidates. We are planning ahead for 2011 and 2012, and if I’m honored with re-election as chairman, I will pursue the following:
* Elect More Republicans: Support the successful re-elections of United States Senator Scott Brown and GOP incumbents; recruit a quality team of GOP challengers.
* Fundraising: Continue the robust and strategic fundraising efforts that benefit all GOP candidates.
* Get Out The Vote Program: Change the GOP culture of campaign driven GOTV efforts to a coordinated, statewide GOTV. Build the infrastructure and recruit the expertise to implement.
* Grassroots Building: Hosting the first-ever MassGOP grassroots conference to train activists and candidates on February 5. Continue to add new town committees and empower both new and existing to become more active in recruiting members and raising visibility.
* Coordination of GOP Ticket: Promote greater cooperation among Republican campaigns to the benefit of all.
* Voter Registration: Increase the number of registered Republican voters with the aid of re-energized city and town committees, as well as allied organizations.
* Infrastructure Improvements: Update decades-old technology and outdated equipment to allow MRP central office to function more efficiently and productively for the benefit of candidates.
In closing, I want to thank you for the support and leadership of the Republican State Committee over the past two years. The party’s success in November was due, in no small way, to the contributions of State Committee members like you. Our party has a lot of work ahead of us in order to grow our ranks of elected officials and registered voters, but we have made remarkable progress in two years. I ask that you vote for me on January 6th so we may continue our work in growing the Massachusetts Republican Party.
Jennifer A. Nassour, Esq.
— Charlestown, Massachusetts —