Green Opens Big 20-8 Lead Amongst SC Members Over Rival Hughes

(As several adroit readers have noted, Mr. Green added another endorsement to his list overnight and, unlike Ms. Hughes, he is also a member of the State Committee and thus can vote for himself, giving him 22 State Committee supporters to Ms. Hughes 8.  Developing…. – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

Judging by listed endorsements on their respective websites, candidate for MassGOP chairman Rick Green has opened a 20-8 lead over rival Kristen Hughes amongst state committee members.  As readers of Red Mass Group know, the support of state committee members is the only support that counts in state chairman races.

Even more interrsting, and contrary to the typical “moderate establishment vs. conservative activists” narrative that has been the hall-mark of MassGOP chairman races over the last 20 years, Green has garnered support from across the political spectrum.

While his supporters include such traditionally conservative members as Steve Alyward and Mike Potaski, they also include more moderate members like Luke Noble.

The MassGOP Chairmans race between Green and Hughes has begun to garner national attention from conservative media, including Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller, whose coverage included a nice shout-out to this humble blog.  

Conservatives are pushing back against Hughes – and, by extension, Brown.

Feeling that Brown’s “people over party” slogan, which he used to compete for Democratic crossover votes in 2012, damaged the grassroots conservative base that Brown himself helped build, conservatives are lining up behind Hughes’ challenger for the state chair position, entrepreneur Rick Green.

Green’s online auto parts company counts more than $50 million in annual revenue and 100 employees. He also recently served as the chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a grassroots fiscal conservative organization.

Green’s campaign ad currently tops the homepage of RedMassGroup, the insider political blog considered the “Drudge Report of Massachusetts.”

With increasing local and national media coverage of the MassGOP chairmans races, it seems likely the race will only get more intense from here on out.

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Paul R. Ferro is Senior Editor at The 9th registered user of, Paul has been with RMG from it’s inception. He’s also a former 4-term Marlborough City Councilor and currently serves as Chairman of the Marlborough Republican City Committee. You can follow him on twitter @PaulFerro

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  • edfactor

    Without knowing if these 28 people are representative of the broader committee, it is hard to know if this means that Green is more likely to be chosen than Hughes. Perhaps Green appealed more to people who want to decide early, but Hughes is way ahead on everyone else. Maybe there are other candidates who will upset the two-person dynamic.

    So I don’t know who will prevail. But at least Ms. Hughes has some sort of agenda on her website. Mr. Green’s website is content-free, except for his life story. But, if 20 people have already committed to him, I guarantee he told them something about what he wants to do.

    It would be nice if he shared it with the rest of us.

    Until then, I hope the detailed outline of the D’Arcangelo/Caravetta team sets the standard for telling the party what should be done!

  • to hear about this. Rick Green is a great candidate and I’m glad to see that some national attentiion is being given to this. However, there is more work to be done. Please continue to lobby members of the State Committee and tell them our best cahnce for success is with Mr. Green as our party Chair.

  • TheDC has reached out to Hughes for comment.

    Too busy to get back to the Daily Caller?  That doesn’t help dissuade anyone of concerns noted in other posts.