According to the Boston Herald the Massachusetts Republican Executive Committee will meet Saturday, May 17, 2014 for the purposes of endorsing Charlie Baker.
As previously reported on Red Mass Group, Article 4, Section 7 of the MassGOP bylaws allows for the Executive Committee to endorse a candidate in a contested primary.
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.
The Executive Committee of the party has 20 members. That means that 14 members of the committee, regardless of how many are present at the meeting, must vote to endorse Baker for party resources to be spent on him pre-primary. As soon as the result of the vote is known, Red Mass Group will report.