WORCESTER – Within a few days the Massachusetts Republican State Committee Executive Committee will be voting on a motion to certify Mark Fisher to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Who is the Republican Party Executive Committee?
The committee is made up of the Party Chairman, members of the National Committee, the minority leaders of the House and Senate, party officers, regional chairman, and the chairmen of the standing committees of the party. The executive Committee consists of 20 members. The are listed at this link.
One of the major reasons given for keeping Mark Fisher under 15% at the covention is the ability to use state party resources for the election of Baker pre-primary. Party rules used to state that the endorsed convention candidate could coordinate with the party prior to the primary. This has changed. That doesn’t mean that there is not a mechanism by which this can happen. The Republican Party By-Laws (PDF) outline how this can happen in Article 4 Section 7.
Section 7. Republican Primaries
Unless approved by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the entire Executive Committee, neither the State Chair nor any person employed by the State Committee, shall assist, aid or publicly endorse any candidate in favor of another candidate in either a contested Republican primary or in any contested election for office within the State Committee. Violation of this section shall constitute grounds for the removal of the State Chair or employee. Providing a primary candidate has received the approval of the Executive Committee as set forth in the first sentence of this section, nothing in this section shall shall prohibit such primary candidate from recieving campaign funds, provided that such funds are approved and disbursed pursuant to all other provisions of these by-laws. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any other Regular Member of the State Committee from endorsing a candidate in a Republican primary or State Committee election.
Members of the Executive Committee contacted by Red Mass Group would not comment on whether or not there is a motion to invoke Article 4 Section 7 at the next Executive Committee meeting.