Red Mass Group has learned that the Massachusetts Republican Party Executive Committee met this morning via a conference call. The meeting was in executive session, meaning that the deliberations will not be made public. However a party official has told Red Mass Group that Attorney Louis Ciavarra is expected to tell the court that Mark Fisher has been certified to be on the ballot.
While not confirming whether or not a vote was taken in the closed door executive session, Mass GOP Executive Director Rob Cunningham told Red Mass Group that he “presumes he [GOP Attorney Lou Ciavarra] will tell the judge he [Fisher] has been certified,” when asked if a filing regarding Fisher certification will be made by Attorney Ciavarra.
The next step for Mr. Fisher is to turn in 10,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth by June 3, 2014. Secretary of State Spokesman Brian McNiff confirmed to Red Mass Group that Fisher has over 11,000 signatures certified at the local level. McNiff emphasized that Fisher will not be on the ballot until he turns those signatures into the Secretary’s office.
The Boston Herald’s Matt Stout tweeted that the Party has delivered a certification letter to the Secretary of State.
— Matt Stout (@MattPStout) May 12, 2014
Multiple members of the Executive Committee have told Red Mass Group that no vote was taken on Article 7, Section 7 of the MassGOP by-laws which states that a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee would allow the party to take sides in a contested primary.