( – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
A select cohort of top Massachusetts Republicans met quietly last week to discuss the party’s prospects for 2014, hoping to organize a top-to-bottom-of-the-ticket strategy that could help the party grapple back to relevance.
But few decisions can be made until two of the figures involved [Charlie Baker & Scott Brown] in the meeting finalize their own political intentions.
The party headquarters confab included, either in person or on the phone, former governor William F. Weld; Eric Fehrnstrom, Peter Flaherty, and Beth Myers, all former advisers to Brown and Mitt Romney; Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman; Boston lobbyist and party strategist Stephen Silveira; former Brown and Baker finance director John Cook; and Timothy O’Brien, a health care executive who was Baker’s campaign manager in 2010. Baker and Brown both participated by phone.
While no consensus on slotting candidates on the ballot emerged from the meeting, the party mandarins appear set on constructing a more robust roster of statewide and congressional candidates than they have in the past, drawing in part from a bench of candidates who have lost recent races.
Despite a Democratic sweep of constitutional offices in 2010, dampening the GOP’s high hopes after Brown’s victory earlier that year, two Republicans who ran strongly that year have merited repeated mentions: Karyn E. Polito, who lost her bid for treasurer, and Mary Z. Connaughton, who ran unsuccessfully for auditor. They were the top two vote-getters among Republican candidates in 2010.