(Kamal Jain puts his hat into the MassGOP Chairman race. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
My Fellow Massachusetts Republican,
My name is Kamal Jain, and I am delighted to announce that I am seeking the position of Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, and also your support, which I intend to earn.
Who am I? I am a 42-year-old lifelong resident of Massachusetts with over 15 years of experience as a political activist, including being a candidate. Professionally, I am a technologist, business man and efficiency expert, though I have also done work in missing persons, search & rescue operations and emergency services. This year, I helped organize a Massachusetts transparency group that is working with the Sunlight Foundation, and have begun small-scale organic farming in the Merrimack Valley.
People hire me to fix things or make them better, to get stuff done.
Perhaps you saw me on the campaign trail last year when I ran for State Auditor on a platform of Total Transparency, as a spokesperson for Question 3 to reduce the state sales tax to 3%, or perhaps you met me at a rally or holding signs for candidates.
The position of Chairman of the party is not something you vote on; the 80 members of our State Committee vote for their chair along with the other party officers. Our current Chair is stepping down on October 28, and within 60 days of then the State Committee must fill the vacancy.
It is my sincere wish that if you do not know enough about me to recommend me for the position to your State Committee Man and Woman, you will contact me to learn more about me and my plan to grow the party and return balance and conservatism to the political scene in Massachusetts.
We Republicans should be proud of who we are, and of our heritage: The Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Ronald Reagan, to name just a few of our political forebears.
As never before, opportunity is knocking on our door. We must answer that call by abandoning the practices which have led us to away from the traditional Republican values which made Massachusetts great-made America great.
My vision for the Massachusetts Republican Party has us establishing active committees in every one of our 351 cities and towns. We will run candidates in every race who, once elected, will work to reduce the size of our state government and its bloated budget, and reduce government interference in the lives of the people of the Commonwealth. Not a slower rate of growth, but actual cuts.
First and foremost, we are a political party and our top priority must be to field as many principled Republican candidates as we can. No race should go unchallenged. State legislative and local races are more important than state constitutional races; we must always be developing our farm team.
Are traditional values important and appealing in the Bay State? You bet they are!
The things Republicans hold dear are the things the people of Massachusetts hold dear: Our families, communities, schools and small businesses; our churches, charities and civic organizations. The oft-overlooked evidence is that Ronald Reagan carried Massachusetts-TWICE.
As we have seen, Republican candidates who take principled stands get elected, and our elected officials who stand by their principles are popular with their constituents, regardless of party affiliation. Two excellent examples are freshmen Representatives Marc Lombardo of Billerica and James J. Lyons, Jr. of Andover. These two men stood their ground on matters of principle and won. (Disclosure: Neither Mr. Lombardo nor Mr. Lyons knows that I am citing them in this letter, nor have they endorsed me, but they have earned my gratitude and that of many others.)
Outreach to engage and educate young people is paramount. The government-run schools have brainwashed our children into worshipping government and viewing it as the source of all good things. Republican accomplishments in advancing liberty and civil rights have been all but wiped from the history books.
At the heart of true conservatism is the understanding that it is not the government’s job to implant the values of politicians and bureaucrats in place of those of our families. It is not the job of government to displace self-reliance, mutual aid, charity and philanthropy with government programs which create dependency, weaken our society and come with a very big price tag and no accountability or transparency.
This means we need to be a voice for home schoolers, pro-lifers, traditional marriage advocates, gun owners and sportsmen, small business owners and ordinary families, who work hard, pay taxes and are ignored or even maligned by the Massachusetts ruling elite; they are looking for someone to stand up for them.
While no one likes to talk about it, all of this requires a lot of money. Fundraising must be done all year, every year. Pledge programs and other ways to make funds available to legislative candidates must be put into place. We need to create programs that allow donors to drive specific causes and candidates, as well as a major fund for building the party from the grassroots up.
I value and respect our major donors, but there simply are not enough of them. We must leverage the law of large numbers and find ways to raise funds from many more people, and direct those funds to helping candidates for state legislative and local seats, candidates who offer a different message than “Democrat-lite.” The more people that donate, the more that get involved, and it spreads virally.
We must bring our party into the 21st century and leverage technology to reach out to our supporters; we must take advantage of data to focus our resources and win elections.
My friends, this is not a sprint, it is a marathon. We must begin our rigorous training for it, and we must stay the course. We must establish a solid foundation upon which we can build our party.
The good news is that in addition to the many Republicans in Massachusetts, there are also active pro-liberty groups that have sprung into existence over the past few years. They share our principles and would like to see candidates for office who share theirs.
Accomplishing these things will not be easy, but it is within our grasp with the right focus, the right leadership and the right plan.
Just as the Republican Party cannot be all things to all people, I cannot be all things to all Republicans. We must have open, honest discussion about the issues that define us and distinguish us from other political parties.
We will most certainly have disagreement and debate, but we must do so with decorum and respect, among ourselves and with others-that has been missing from political discourse for some time.
I have what it takes to make this happen, and I am asking for your support.