Why I Cannot Vote for Mark Fisher for Governor at the MassGOP Convention

I recently met Mark Fisher back on March 10 at the MassGOP Region 5 Pre-Convention Rolling Rally and it was a pleasure.  He gave a robustly conservative speech, claims to fully embrace the MassGOP & RNC Platforms (both of which I voted for and support). I very likely agree more with Mark Fisher than I do Charlie Baker.  Some of my closest friends will almost certainly be casting their vote for him on Saturday at the State Convention.  

With all due respect to Mr. Fisher, I will not.  It’s not surprising to anyone who reads RMG but as a delegate, I will cast my vote for Charlie Baker for Governor.

Beyond the fact that I’ve gotten to know Charlie over the past 5 years or so & consider him a friend, he’s simply the only one of the two is is electable based on one simple metric: money.

Mark Fisher filed his first OCPF report on December 4, 2013 for the period of November 16-30, 2013.  During that time, Fisher raised $45,000 but that was comprised of two loans from himself ($20,000 & then $25,000).  There is nothing wrong with that as if you can afford it, every candidate needs seed money.

Since that time, Fisher has filed 7 more reports.  The end balance is as follows (a report per every 2 weeks, with the filing date listed):

12/04/2013 – $44,912.00

12/17/2013 – $27,607.44

01/02/2014 – $39,398.69

01/16/2014 – $79,113.80

02/04/2014 – $16,953.03

02/19/2014 – $37,276.02

03/05/2014 – $19,973.02

03/18/2014 – $  2,645.44

Since opening the OCPF account, Mark Fisher has had 82 donations in the sum of $192,564.81.  It appears that Mark Fisher donated to his campaign 7 times in the sum of $187,025.  Assuming that my math is correct that leaves 75 individual donations not from himself for a total of $5,539.81.  The average of those donations would be about $73.86.

Just days before the State Convention, gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher has an end balance of less than $3,000.  When I first started looking at the OCPF records, Fisher had a little over $37,000, but that itself was sandwiched in-between end balances of just under $17,000 & $20,000.  For a statewide campaign, as a race for governor is, these donation rates are just too low for me to take as a credible candidacy going into our Convention.  I would be very concerned if a one of our candidates for State Representative brought in so few dollars from non-self funded sources and had so little at the end of every report.

Looking at the last report, Fisher spent $14,598.72 on a postcard mailing (I believe that I received approximately 4 of these large mailers).  It makes sense that he would make such an expenditure to reach the delegates but that raises 2 other concerns: 1) He doesn’t have an robust ground game going into the Convention & 2) He isn’t targeting the mailings to the delegates as it’s no secret that I’m supporting Charlie.  $2,447.39 was spent on seat cushions.  $3,000.00 was spent on political consulting.  I don’t know, but I can only guess that the seat cushions are for Convention delegates?

In the previous report, dated March 5, Fisher had a Bank Credited Total for the Reporting Period of only $235.62 for the two-week period.  There were expenditures of $17,538.62 that includes $17,500.00 for consulting.  I’m sure Team Baker spends plenty on consulting but the amount going out relative to the amounts coming in seems awfully high to me.

We can all look at the OCPF reports so I won’t go on and on but it seems that even if Mark Fisher has the right principles and even the right message, he doesn’t have the resources to be the right messenger and that is then to get elected.

Now, I suppose that getting his 15% on Saturday may help to boost Fisher’s fundraising ability, but I have to wonder, by how much and will it really make him competitive?  Honestly, I don’t think so and for that reason I simply cannot cast a vote for Mark Fisher for Governor at our State Convention.

I will say that while the number of donors is low, I do see some very good names of some hard working activists, many of who will be delegates, and will certainly cast their vote proudly for Mark Fisher.  God bless them and the process.

Now, looking briefly at Charlie Baker’s OCPF records, it’s really night and day.

In some ways the comparison really isn’t fair as Charlie’s records go back to 2010, with 31,540 donations in the sum of $11,618,480.10.  As such, I’ll simply look at his latest filing:

On March 5, Baker filed a report covering February 1-28, 2014.  That report shows a beginning balance of $562,808.84 and an ending balance of $587,497.90.  Baker had receipts of $209,425.05 and expenditures of $184,735.99.  

Simply by looking at the end balances of the latest reports from both candidates Charlie Baker has over $584,000 more in the bank than does Mark Fisher.  Now, it can be argued that Charlie is a little light on cash right now for a battle of the titans against whoever the Democratic nominee is but by that same standard, Mark Fisher’s amount of money is currently little more than a rounding error.

Now, you may think that this view is a little mercenary and Fisher supporters have assured me that God willing, the Lord will provide.  However, I prefer to believe as if everything depends upon God and act as if everything depends upon me and with that in mind my only choice is Charlie Baker.

As Bill Buckley often said, we should vote for the most conservative candidate who is the most electable.  To toss out another old saying, never let the perfect become the enemy of the good, and while Charlie Baker isn’t perfect he is good, damn good.  Charlie gets my vote on Saturday.

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