RINOs and Mathematics

I guess I hate the term RINO. No surprise! I’m a registered Republican who occasionally votes for and supports Democrats. It’s actually rare, but it’s happened. I do believe it’s a mathematical reality that without RINOs and Indepenent voters, a Republican can not get elected in Massachusetts. So to those that throw the RINO terminology around, I do wonder why you do so. Is party ideology more important than winning elections?

BTW, I don’t see the term thrown around as frequently as it was in the past. Progress?

I also think the term is thrown around more frequently by those that have never served in public office. Just my opinion.

For what it’s worth, I do wonder if the state party would have more luck establishing RTCs and RCCs if the purity standard were relaxed a bit. I do believe that winning elections statewide is largely dependent upon establiching RTCs and RCCs. Again, just my opinion.

Is it worth having this discussion?

About David Whelan

  • The only “purity standard” regarding local committee activity is the following:

    Article II, Section 2:

    No Regular Member of the State Committee, nor a Regular or Associate member of a ward or town committee, shall in any way serve the interests of any political party or sponsor or endorse any candidate of a political party other than the Republican Party in connection with any partisan election or primary in which there is a Republican candidate. Failure of a Regular Member of the State Committee or of a Regular or Associate member ward or town committee to comply with the foregoing standard shall subject such person to such sanctions as may be imposed by the Committee involved, which may include a request for the resignation of that Regular or Associate Member or a vote of censure.


    Putting that in plain English, IF you’re a member of a Massachusetts Republican Town Committee, be it ward/town, city, or state, you are basically an elected official representing the Grand Old Party.  As such, you’re expected to support Republicans.  That doesn’t seem too unrealistic to me.  Furthermore, if it’s a municipal election and it’s done in a non-partisan manner then you’re not bound to support “the Republican” as there is no party registration on the ballot.  Personally, I try to always support the candidate who I know is the Republican, nonetheless.  Furthermore, if there is no Republican on the ballot then you’re free to support anyone.  It’s not really an onerous “purity test” and I’d say it’s very far from “RINO” status.

    I do agree that the term “RINO” has been used, abused, and worn trite in most usages nowadays.

  • Karl Marx

    The task for the GOP in 2012 is to convince the MA Tea Party to get real  — and fast.  

  • The problem with organizing Republican City and Town Committees is that IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF TIME!!  

    In March of 2012 – every town and city Committee will be re-organized.  At that time there will be elections for new Boards and new members sworn in.  

    Republicans ALL OVER the State will run to lead their City or Town Committee. Some who run for leadership will do so  because they have an agenda, some because they want to run for office and hope to get a ready-made campaign committee, and others because they care about electing Republicans on the local, regional and State level.  Personally I hope most are in the last example, but I’m being honest here.

    In general, most people will run with the best intentions, but time is often the enemy. Most will not be able to make the commitment that is needed to really grow their Town/City Committee into a political machine.  Some will last less than a year as the leader and the torch will be passed to the next in line. And sorry to say, some who should never have been elected in the first place, will run and win because they are popular and well liked, although probably not a great leader.

    But when it is all said and done. Being involved with a Town/City Republican Committee can be a very rewarding commitment of your time. It’s not easy but great dividends will be paid to those who want to make a difference.

    The MASSGOP does offer free City/Town GOP Committees training. Over 1200 Republicans all over the State have attended a MASSGOP sponsored training over the past 2 years. As far as I know, no other New England state offers this program. The program is being updated for 2012 with a new booklet, new training and new ideas! Free Boot Camps will be held throughout the State next year with all Republicans welcome to attend.

    WHEN: Sunday, February 5, 2012-  9 am to 3 pm (With Lunch & Snacks)

    WHERE: Senator Ross Office – 93 Commonwealth Ave, North Attleboro, MA

    COST: FREE! There is no cost to attend, although you must sign up by sending an email to: Howard@AttleboroGOP.com or reply to the email in the January 2012 MASSGOP Activist.  

    Seating is limited, Republicans only.  

  • You mention that you occasionally vote for Democrats, so I’m wondering why you think Republicans should be elected.

  •    If local RTC’S organize, they just might not agree with their local ranking Republican’s choice of candidate to support. That my friends is a big no-no! The local ranking Rebublican then looks bad in being uable to control their people.  

  • We all agree that better RTC’s/RCC’s would be a first step to a better Republican party in MA. This would be positive for all local efforts to elective R’s and also very helpful to statewide candidates.

    What I think some are pointing out is that there has been no evidence (though some rhetoric) of any attention paid to this at the state level.

    What those of us with some experience in business process would like to see is a baseline.

    It starts with a list of all 351 cities and towns and some demographic information.

    Then indicates which ones have RTC’s/RCC’s and includes:

    Officers (should be on file)

    Members (should be on file)

    Amount in bank account (ocpf)

    How often meets/how many attend (would have to ask this question)

    Then the party could focus efforts where they would make the most sense (“high” percent of R’s in a town with sizable population but no RTC, or invigorating other RTC’s for example).

    Some RTC’s I am familar with only have a few hundred in the bank, some rarely (once a year) meet. Some average 10 people per meeting.

    The idea about a MassGOP person focused on this has parallels to business. Often technology companies have “user groups” that are set up by people independent of the company. The company however will dedicate a person (and resources) to work with those groups as it in everyone’s best interest.

    One thing I can’t stand is the perpetuation of myths. Two in particular “the MassGOP is focused on grassroots efforts” and “the MassGOP recruited candidates.”  I am fine with going it alone, but clearly the party can help local efforts to some extent. One person for the entire state is not a lot.

    PS The idea of regionalization has merit. Most of the Tea parties cross borders and that gives them critical mass that one town (even a 30,000 person town) cannot muster.