I received this in my email inbox just a few minutes ago. The only thing I’ve edited is 1 paragraph that I removed that discussed fundraising and I’d rather not wade into those waters in order to keep a clear line of demarcation as a public employee. I’m sure someone can supplement that missing pargraph if they so choose to do so.
That said, here is MassGOP Chairman Bob Maginn’s State Committee Year End Update.
December 29, 2011
State Committee Year End Update
Dear State Committee Members:
I am pleased to provide you with a year end update on my first month as Party Chairman. There were five areas that I focused on in the first month: Fundraising, Staff and Operations, Grass Roots, Candidate Recruitment, and Media and Messaging. We are making progress in each area and I wanted to share with you a quick recap.
The highlight has been fundraising where I have placed great effort. We had a very strong start with record breaking fundraising results as we secured the best December in memory and also our best month of the year raising $125,000. As a result, I have set a new tone for our MassGOP State Committee by using a portion of the money raised and paying it out as a “year end dividend” totaling $36,000 to all of our incumbents. Moving forward together as a united party to build upon the success of 2010 is critical. This early financial support is a step in the right direction. As was reported, I also contributed $12,500 to our legislators and $15,000 to the MassGOP.
I hope this commitment by our MassGOP State Committee in conjunction with our early fundraising support will encourage more challengers to step off the sidelines to join our team.
I need every one of you to support our freshmen legislators’ and GOP candidates’ campaigns. We are now meaningful investors in their races – contributing money into their committees in a non-election year for the first time in memory. This money has been given in your name as MassGOP State Committee members, so let’s make sure we are employing winning strategies.
It has been a pleasure getting to know the Party staff and key volunteers and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we move towards our goals. We are also building up a field staff of 10 to work regionally to Get Out The Vote, help us grow the RTCs and recruit volunteers to take on the Democratic machine. I have recruited both former State Party Chair, Peter Torkildsen and former Congressman and radio talk show host Peter Blute to volunteer in unpaid positions. Peter Blute is assisting me in responding to Republican activists around the state. Together, we take in to consideration input from all of these interactions. We know we don’t have all the ideas, that is why we need your help. Also joining the team will be Rob Willington, former Mass GOP Executive Director and founder of Swift Current Strategies. Rob will work to update and improve massgop.com and implement a digital media plan at zero net cost to our Party operations.
I have also been reviewing our Standing Committees and appreciate those of you who responded with your preferred committee assignments. I need to hear from more of you about what committees you would like to serve on, so please do let me know.
Our first candidate and campaign manger training session will be Saturday January 28, 2012. There is a powerful line up of proven campaigners and strategists coming to train our candidates and their campaign managers so please, work with your candidates, their campaign managers or potential candidates identified by you and your RTCs. We are working on securing a site in Framingham that is convenient to as many Republicans as possible. Sheriff Lew Evangelides, Congressmen Peter Blute and Peter Torkildsen, Rob Willington and a nationally known candidate trainer will lead the charge, sharing strategies and preparing us to win in November.
Senator Brown has pledged his support in our effort to recruit candidates, but I need your experience on the ground to provide leadership in as many races as possible next year. We have a number of excellent candidates preparing for a second run and some very good first timers testing the waters, but we are far from done fielding challengers. As you all know, we must start early, so please redouble the recruitment effort.
Together with Peter Blute in the capacity of Deputy Chair and Peter Torkildsen as former Chair, we are hitting the airwaves spreading the Republican message. In my meeting with former NH Governor John Sununu we discussed the importance of a unified message that wins voters to our Republican Party and our candidates. We need to present a clear and differentiated message versus the Democrats that defines our values and demonstrates we are the Party of the People who live by our ideals and work to implement a culture where every person is valued and has the opportunity to succeed.
As your Chairman, I cannot tell you how exciting it is to have the opportunity to speak to so many of you on a constant basis about the future of our party and about your ideas to bring us even greater success in the coming year. One of the things that we talked about during the chairman’s race was the need for constant, open and positive communication. You are certainly upholding your end of the bargain. I welcome the challenge of keeping up with everyone’s furious pace.
Thank you again for all your hard work and support, without you the Party would not exist. Happy New Year! On to victory in 2012!
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