Cavaretta: A Message to Fellow Activists, Elected Officials and State Committee Members

Dear Fellow Republican

and Conservative Activists:

I’m running for MA GOP Chair to run Republican campaigns more effectively; By offering our candidates an incentive-based roadmap for support []; with a new MA GOP message and updated brand that competes everywhere in our state, (including our capital city of Boston), with broader appeal to minorities, women and the unaffiliated; to develop and train our activists; to conduct our races and activities in a more inclusive and coordinated manner; to insist on a professional, full-time operation we can all be proud of. It’s time for a New Era of Cooperation and customer service for our State Party, and for all who toil, volunteer and serve under our banner.

Happy Holidays,

Dean Cavaretta, 12/26/12

CAVARETTA BIOGRAPHY: In 2012, MA Certified Teacher, Dean Cavaretta was the Republican Candidate for State Senate against Liberal Icon, Jamie Eldridge in the Middlesex and Worcester District. Dean has a long record of Republican grassroots activism and professional campaign experience. These experiences have shaped Cavaretta’s political philosophy and provide valuable institutional knowledge into running campaigns in Massachusetts.

A former state transportation official who worked under multiple governors, Cavaretta’s policy background includes recent success with MassDOT project delivery reform for the new Accelerated Bridge Program. Dean understands that there is a major difference between campaigning and governing and that the two are not mutually exclusive.  

A recipient of both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern University, Dean has combined teaching and a love of sports to help student-athletes achieve success on and off the field. He served as the Freshman Football Coach at both Concord Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Regional High Schools. He was also the Head Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Acton-Boxborough, where he is also a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.

In the 1990s, Dean served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard (747th Military Police Company) and credits his leadership and military training in helping him become a more effective educator and GOP Activist.  

Dean served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Karyn Polito’s 2010 spirited campaign for State Treasurer. In 2002, he was the Political Director for Jim Rappaport’s primary bid for Lt. Governor. These races showed Dean how candidates and their campaigns respond to adversity. Hard lessons to be learned that can now be used to benefit the next candidates to run for those seats.

In 1999, Cavaretta represented the MA GOP in a Special State Election for State Representative against Cory Atkins, then the liberal, activist-wife of former U.S. Congressman Chet Atkins (D-Concord). Dean lost by only 600 votes out of 7000 votes cast, despite the State Party erroneously placing the wrong area codes on the GOTV phone calls, and not providing the campaign funding. This race showed Dean that the vicarious nature and undisciplined approach to MassGOP campaigning can have a major impact on the outcome of an election.

This is one of the main reasons that Dean chose to team up with Malden City Councillor David D’Arcangelo on the metric based approach for assisting candidates and campaigns.    

About DeanCavaretta

  • There is no doubt that a new era needs to dawn on the MassGOP. Althogh fundraising is incredibly important, we need to develp a structure that mirrors and leads campaigns in effective activity. How many people know that only ONE of the Congressional candidates had a Campaign Finance Director/Chair? But then again, either does MassGOP. How many people understand that this last election debacle can be layed at the feet of ineffective ground game politics, compared to the Democrats (One could not get a hotel room in Worcester because they were all full of Lizzie Warren’s people brought in from afar.), yet MassGOP has no Field Director. This role is doubly important since, between campaign cycles, we need to do a full bore ground game canpaign in the inner cities. Is anyone aware that if we take back s simple 5% of the urban vote, Charlie Baker would be Governor, Scott Brown would be Senator, and Mary Z would be auditor?

    We need a structure that mimics and leads the roles in a campaign and then creates networks where the people in those roles interact and work together.

    Dogma’s great….winning’s better.

  • JustAGoodOleBoy

    Doesnt anyone else find it interesting that the only people Dean mentions by name are Karen Polito and Jim Rappaport. Its my understanding that Polito has endorsed Kirsten Hughes and Rappaport supports Rick Green. If the Only campaign experience Dean has is with these two people and they wont even stand behind him, what makes him qualified to be chair? He must not have done well on their campaigns if they cant support him!  

  • You blame the state party for you 1999 defeat.  Stop whining and accept the fact that the buck stops with the candidate.

  • MiddlesexMan

    Dean: You could not even win dog catcher.  You are an embarrassment to the Party. Do you even realize that you will not get one State Committee vote?  

  • edfactor


    Dean is a loyal Republican who has done nothing to make the brand look bad. He has done a lot of work for the party and his candidacy is in earnest.

    He is running along with David D’Arcangelo, who is a great Republican who has won a few races.

    The two of them have provided a detailed plan for the party and have lots and lots more material in store. (I have seen more than the average person. ) Ms. Huges has publicly provided only minimal information and nothing amounting to a plan. Mr. Green’s website is an empty shell with a resume and little else.

    These guys have put a great deal of thought into this and should be treated with respect, even in criticism. So yes, Dean should be asked to account for his electoral losses. But there is a way to do that without being a jerk about it.

    – Ed

  • JustAGoodOleBoy
  • I don’t have a vote.  There IS no popular vote in this race – the electorate is > 80, so you’re wasting your time.

    Is this how you suggest candidates campaign?  Do you understand that the futility of your campaign methods is not a great indicator as to how hyou’d run the party?

    I don’t want to have to unfriend you, but I will.