“Top Mass. GOP figures plot 2014 strategy” – Boston Globe

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I came across this Boston Globe article this morning.  The entire article, Top Mass. GOP figures plot 2014 strategy is worth a read.  

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.

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  • So the Globe is in on it, this storyline that the election to replace Markey is  the primary between Spilka, Sciortino, Brownsberger, and there will be no Republican challenger.

    It’s rally pathetic, MAGOP. The Dems are all staying active, having debates about Keystone and other issues, meanwhile the Globe and the same old five or six failed rejects are trying to scuttle the ship instead of taking it into battle.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    The line that caught my eye was this:

    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.

    I am not sure if it was worded this way by the Globe to make the meeting seem clandestine and the party leadership seem out of touch, or whether the meeting really was clandestine and the party leadership really is out of touch.  

    I think both the Globe has a vested interest in seeing the GOP struggle and the leadership is, with all likelihood, out of touch.  If Scott Brown, Charlie Baker and the MIA Kirsten Hughes spent ten minutes with me I could school them on the party problems up one side and down the other.  I would say the same thing of The Deuce and John Howard and Electric Strawberry and so many others on RMG – we all seem to know a lot more about how to win than any of the misfits that seem to be running this lemonade stand.  Instead they chose to hold ‘quiet’ meetings behind closed doors at some fancy restaurant or well catered function room – paid for with party dollars.

    This same-sh*t-different-day stuff is getting tired with the Massachusetts GOP.  

  • Bill Weld offered public and full- throated endorsements of Barack Obama in 2008.

  • edfactor

    First, we all want the people with money and influence in the party to be doing something, instead of not doing something.

    Yet this story just came across like some backroom strategizing about the party. I don’t hate the establishment at all, and it rubbed me the wrong way.

    I think we need some sort of hybrid approach where the establishment and outsiders talk. Perhaps a big online conversation tool like Branch? That would at least make the process more open, and perhaps bring in some new ideas.

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