Although no members of the Bay State’s House Republican caucus are traveling in Iowa in support of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s candidacy, Minority Leader Bradley Jones said he anticipates that he and other Massachusetts Republicans will flock north of the border beginning Wednesday, when the nation’s eyes turn to New England. Jones told the News Service he has no specific itinerary yet.
Asked about a Sunday New York Daily News op-ed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo in which DeLeo touted Massachusetts as a model of economic stability amid uncertain times, Jones joked about whether the speaker had his sights on higher office. He then asserted that many of the reforms DeLeo touted were only backed by Democratic leaders because of dire economic conditions. He also noted that most of the reforms highlighted by DeLeo occurred after Republicans doubled their numbers in the Massachusetts House and after newly empowered Republicans around the country enacted controversial reforms that helped provide political cover for similar moves by Democrats.
In September, Romney’s campaign announced endorsements from 33 Republicans serving in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jones said House Republicans opted against traveling to Iowa in part due to their holiday schedules.