Globe Hides Big Story of Leah Cole’s Resignation

1. an act of retiring or giving up a position.
2. the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable.

I was surprised at the spotty coverage of Peabody State Rep Leah Cole abruptly resigning her seat last week. The Boston Globe story was barely more than her press release, and omitted any mention of HOW she “unexpectedly” won her seat.

Leah Cole, a political newcomer who unexpectedly won a special election to become the Peabody state representative in 2013, announced she is resigning to focus on her nursing career.

The Peabody Republican, then 24, upset Democrat Beverly Griffin Dunne and Independent David Gravel to fill the seat vacated after Joyce Spiliotis died in November 2012.

Joshua Miller hints at more to the story in his Political Happy Hour Column, writing pointedly that she “is citing the desire” to continue in her nursing career.

And Stephanie Ebbert has not written about Leah Cole’s resignation at all. Instead, she turned in a column seemingly designed to paper over the story and prop up the spirits of the libertarian activists who helped Cole get elected:

In the run-up to the last presidential election, the Massachusetts Republican Party faced a big embarrassment when friends of the state’s own former governor Mitt Romney — who would, of course, become the GOP nominee — lost local caucuses to the better-organized allies of Ron Paul.

Paul’s so-called “Liberty delegates” beat out GOP VIPs like former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey and would have taken their seats at the national GOP convention, if not for an effort by MassGOP lawyers, who found a way to disqualify most of the Paul supporters.

This year, the establishment wasn’t taking any chances.

Party leaders tried to cancel the caucus used to elect delegates to the convention — who needs a messy voting process? — and instead select representatives themselves.

The activists again cried foul — but this time, they won.

By a narrow, 37-35 vote, the Massachusetts Republican State Committee shot down the party leaders’ proposal at a Sept. 16 meeting, retaining the chance for the little guy to win the caucuses and becomes delegates to the RNC.

“It’s great when you get to beat the establishment,” said activist Brad Wyatt.

The real story is the ultimate humiliating defeat of the Liberty activists mentioned above. Leah Cole resigned in resignation of the fact that “party leaders” in the “establishment” were never going to let her get anywhere, no matter how good her attendance record. The whole strategy of Ron Paul’s online base of libertarian supporters of trying to elect “our people” into office is flawed, and though they are slow to admit defeat, Cole’s resignation will sink in soon, in spite of the Globe’s attempt to keep the activists active and the libertarian needle in the side of the “establishment.”

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  • Patrick

    I agree that the Globe hasn’t covered it very well. which is odd because it’s an incredibly interesting race.

    First of all, there was the primary that Cole won prior to the 2013 special election. Her Republican primary opponent in that race was endorsed by Charlie Baker.–greg-bunn-for-state-rep-holds-open-house-with-charlie-baker

    Second, the special election that Cole won in 2013 was split 3 ways. There was a Democrat and a disgruntled Democrat running as an Independent.

    Third, in the 2014 general election Charlie took Peabody 54.6% to 40.9. Cole was 51.5% to 48.5%.

    Fourth, Cole is one of the few social conservatives. She was endorsed by Mass Citizens for Life and is a vote against the “bathroom bill” which is an issue right now.

    The big thing here isn’t so much the liberty slate thing, but whether or not socons can retain this seat. There will be a Republican primary for it. One of the candidates is Cole’s legislative aide. I assume they share similar views. Will Baker or Weld inject themselves into the primary? Also recall that socons didn’t fare well in the 2014 primaries. If the socon wins the primary, will Weld endorse the Democrat in the special? Will the “bathroom bill” be the defining issue of the race? If so will it force Charlie to clarify his position?

  • Stephanie Ebbert

    Wait, what are you saying is the story? Incumbent bows out because “establishment” doesn’t like her?

    • John Howard

      No, the ultimate final failure of the Liberty kids. She isn’t just any incumbent, she was elected by the Ron Paul activists, and frozen out for being one of them. But Baker doesn’t want to lose the energy and support of the Liberty kids, so they apparently struck some deal with the Globe not to humiliate them, keep them applying their libertarian pressure.

      • Stephanie Ebbert

        Um, no.

        • John Howard

          Who told you to write a giant article about the Republican Party NOT changing the delegate selection process? Who decided it was a “victory for the little guys?” There was no story there, nothing happened! And those “little guys” were the same people I’m talking about, the Ron Paul supporters. But you cover up their defeat and futility, just to keep them around, as if they were Republicans.