Kirsten Hughes 11+ Year Record of Non-Voting?

(Supporters of Ms. Hughes are welcome to write a post on RMG presenting evidence of Ms. Hughes voting record, such as a certified voter turnout list available from any town or city clerk’s office in the Commonwealth, with Kirsten Hughes name on it, from any of the elections in question from 1998-2009.  

Individuals have sent screen grabs of on-line voter information to RMG as “evidence”.  However, the source material, not to mention the source whom presented it, are highly suspect, and not acceptable at face value, nor do I believe the readership of RMG would find it as such.  If the sources feel otherwise, present it.  

However, late night phone calls raft with shouting at purveyors of blogs is not evidence.

Which still leaves questions, as commentator mecowett aptly put it:

“Either she was here, and an activist, and didn’t vote. That’s a problem.

Alternately, she voted somewhere else, which means she wasn’t here, and wasn’t all that much of an activist in the MassGOP until recently. That would also be a problem — even more of one, frankly.

I don’t really see an obvious third option here. She was an activist here but chose to vote somewhere else? Doesn’t seem to make sense.” – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

As the race for MassGOP State Chair enters its final days, the question of whom will be the best advocate for Republican principles to the voters of Massachusetts is foremost on many minds.  However, how can one ask their fellow citizen to cast their vote for the Grand Old Party when they have repeatedly failed to do so here in Massachusetts?

According to the City of Quincy’s City Clerk’s Office, Chair candidate Kirsten Hughes doesn’t have a record of voting for over 11 years, only re-registering in 2009 for her then-boss, state Senator Scott Brown, in his race for U.S. Senate.

Originally registered to vote in 1998, Ms. Hughes may not have voted in any Massachusetts elections until 11 years later. One would assume, during that time, her Massachusetts voter status dropped to “inactive” due to lack of activity and she re-registered in 2009.

Since she announced her candidacy on Dec. 6th, Ms. Hughes has spoken of her “ten plus years” as a Republican Party activist. Strangely, for more than ten years, Ms. Hughes couldn’t be bothered to actually vote for any Republican Party candidates here in Massachusetts, or at least that’s what the Quincy City Clerk’s office has on record.

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  • There’s a slight flaw in your theory, I’m not deeply familiar with her history of residency but Kirsten Hughes has lived for several years out of state, including in both Florida & New York City.  This likely accounts for much, if not all, of the missing vote records from Quincy.

  • If she was an activist for 10+ years, I’d assume she meant in Massachusetts. But it is possible that while following a career in Florida and New York she was an activist in those cities.  If that’s the case she should produce a list of names of the candidates she worked for.

    There are also claims being made on her behalf by two influential Republicans that she has stellar record as an activist. I haven’t seen the letter, just heard about it. But certainly, it sounds like these two are going to have egg on their face on this one.

    The fact that she may not have voted till January 2010 in the special election for Senate, is pretty bad. But if someone tells  you their an activist for 10+ years, and high profile Republicans who are active in your campaign are talking about your great record as an activist, then I would hope such a great activist bothered to vote somewhere. Moreover, if she’s always been so dedicated to the MA-GOP, wouldn’t she remain registered in Massachusetts and vote by absentee ballot?

  • Kirsten says she’s a long time activist. If that’s the case then she knows all about how candidates get vetted. If she’s such a great political mind then, she should have been precise about where and when she was an activist. She should know her own voting record and that this might come up. Therefore she should at least have all the documentation on hand to prove where she was registered and when she voted.

  • In your diligence, you must have looked at Rick Green’s voting record. Care to share that?

  • From a  Boston Magazine Article from Sept 2011

    GROWING UP, Kirsten Hughes had two loves: musicals and Ronald Reagan. The former she inherited from her mother, the latter from great-aunts – and by age 12 she wasn’t just singing showtunes, she was stuffing envelopes for former Governor Bill Weld’s campaign. Today, at 34, the trained lawyer continues to multitask, serving as the fundraising coordinator for Senator Scott Brown’s campaign while making her own push for public office. One of the first young members of Brown’s organization to blaze her own trail, Hughes is running for city council in her native Quincy.

    So from this article we need to take two pieces of information and remember them for future consideration.

    1) Kirsten was involved in politics at a young age. It says she was stuffing envelopes for Bill Weld at the age of 12.

    2) In September of 2011, Kirsten was 34.

    This is from Kirsten’s City Council Website:


    Kirsten Hughes was born and raised in Ward 5 to Edith, a Quincy Public School teacher and John, a Human Resources executive. She is a1990 graduate of St. Ann School in Wollaston. In 1995, Hughes graduated from Notre Dame Academy, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. After singing professionally in New York City and for the Walt Disney Company, in 2003 Hughes graduated from New York University with a B.F.A in Theatre Arts.

    In New York, she sang on various CD’s, and performed in several New York City night clubs. Interested in the “business” side of “The Biz”, she worked as a manger’s assistant at a boutique, celebrity-client management firm in New York City.

    In 2005 she returned to Quincy to attend law school full time. Kirsten earned a J.D. from New England School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2008. She has worked in the legal political and entertainment fields in Quincy, Boston, New York and Washington D.C.

    Locally, Kirsten served as a member of the Quincy Human Rights Commission, and has participated in the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteer Lawyer’s program, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Housing Court Lawyer for the Day program and provided pro bono services in several civil and criminal cases.

    Currently, Kirsten works for U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s campaign finance team and continues her eighteen-year, long standing role as a Café singer at the Common Market Café in West Quincy. She still finds time to star in Quincy theatrical productions with her close friends, “The Superwomen” such as Superwoman, the Musical and What Christmas Means to Me.

    In October 2010, Kirsten married Philip Doherty a software engineer who grew up in Charlestown.

    From this article we have several important pieces of information.

    1) Kirsten graduated high school in 1995. She was either 17 or 18 at the time of Graduation. Remember she was 34 in Sept of 2011.

    2) She waits until 1998 to register to vote. So for someone who was so politically active at a young age, the fact that she didn’t register for 1996 Presidential election is odd. Especially since that was the year that Bill Weld ran for Senate. And according to Boston Magazine she claims to have been active in his campaigns at the age of 12.

    3) Looking at the data on Kirsten’s City Councilor website, we can’t determine exactly when she left Massachusetts, except it would appear that she was in state to register in 1998 from the data provided by City of Quincy. It is possible that she registered during a visit and then left.

    We know she did not return to Boston until 2005 and in her mid-twenties.

    So here’s the thing. She returned to Boston in 2005 and waited until 2009. At this point, we can’t write off her lack of interest in voting for this period. Ms. Hughes was in law school, no longer young girl but a mature woman. She passed the Massachusetts Bar in 2008. We can tell she  remained civically minded by the profession and course of study she chose. So why one earth wouldn’t she have voted in the 2006 Gubernatorial election? Surely such a devout Republican studying law in Massachusetts should have understood the need to vote for Kerry Healey over Deval Patrick!

    Why didn’t she vote in the 2008 Presidential election? Again such a loyal Republican Activist would have voted for John McCain over Barack Obama?

    These are serious questions that need answering. According to her own words she has 10 plus years of political activism. In fairness she doesn’t claim these were consecutive years. She could be counting several years of activism as a youth. But that doesn’t explain her sudden total loss of interest after graduating High School. Like I said,  I would have imagined she would have wanted to finally be able to vote for Bill Weld, after she had worked for him at the age of 12.

    The fact is that Kirsten has to give an account of what years she’s claiming to have been an activist. And certainly she has to explain why she didn’t vote from 2005 till 2009 after returning to Quincy.

    None of this adds up. She’s asking the MA-GOP to put her in charge. That means she understands what happens in campaigns. If she can’t vet her own record, how can she vet potential candidates looking for assistance from the MA-GOP.

    Certainly I believe most people would agree that she should have disclosed all this and explained whether or not she voted absentee while away. At the very least, knowing her own record, she should have been prepared for this issue to arise and should now immediately be able to produce documentation if she was registered and vote elsewhere. This is standard preparation for any candidate. How can she lead a party if she can’t properly run her own campaign for State Chair.  State Committee members are entitled to answers and evidence before they vote on Thursday night.

    Again there is absolutely no excuse for her not to have registered upon returning to Boston, in order to vote in 2006. Finally, for someone who talks so much about recruiting and electing municipal officials, how does she explain her lack of voting in municipal elections during this time period in question?


  • I should ask, has anyone contacted her to get HER explanation?

  • edfactor

    I think anyone who runs in any partisan race must expect the following history to come into evidence immediately:

    – Party affiliation (were you always a Republican?)

    – Voting history

    – Volunteering

    – Previous party offices (RTC, etc)

    – Campaign donations

    How important is voting all by itself? I am not sure. Yes, it matters. (Look what happened to Jon Golnik!) I think Ms. Hughes should quickly account for her voting history and any context to it that would be valuable.

  • From a letter sent January 26th to all State Committee members:

    Kirsten has lived and breathed Republican politics in this state:

    Said letter was signed by:

    Ron Kaufman and Kerry Healey

    RNC National Committee Man and Woman, respectively.

    Can Ron and Kerry please explain how one lives and breaths Republican politics in this state, if one doesn’t bother to vote or remain registered to vote in this state????

  • According to  these are the results of Kirsten’s race for City Council.

    Kristen Hughes (1,804) also won the Ward 5 seat, vacated by Gutro, against Neil McCole (1,288).

    Wow, an impressive margin if you look at the percentages. But let’s talk about the total vote. This was an election with under 3,100 voters. She got 1,804 votes. Not a huge numbers of votes in a low turnout election by it’s nature.

    Again these elections, especially at the Ward Level are popularity contests. It’s about who you know. Where you went to school. What lodges or clubs you belong to. Where you go to Church.

    This is hardly a huge election. Moreover, she talks about having to go get signatures for herself. Well for a Ward it was probably 50 signatures or so, about the same Rick had to get to run for S.C.