Reason 101 Why MA GOP Fails to Make Gains

Once again we have won the Corner Office!

Our Republican Governor will clean up the various messes left behind by a Democrat Governor, who could not manage a one car funeral. But will that help the GOP rebuild?



While the GOP Governor repairs the Commonwealth, it is not enough. The long term fix must be to bring balance of power within state government. We need more than 5 Republican Senators and 32 Republican Representatives.
Unfortunately, our Republican Party once again is failing to capitalize on winning the Corner Office.
For the past year we have seen the State Party refuse to attack any Democrats at the state level. Their focus has been primarily directed at federal Democrats so Baker can play nice with legislative Democrats.
Is that a good strategy?

I don’t think Rep. Don Wong or Steve Howitt would think so. They both have opponents in 2016.
The Democrats are actively recruiting and targeting GOP incumbents with tough opponents. Our state party is only focused on open seats. If we don’t put Democrats on defense in 2016, the GOP will lose seats. We cannot gain seats by playing defense.

Yes, Baker needs a working relationship with some Democrats on Beacon Hill, but that doesn’t mean the State Party needs to footsie as well.
If it is ok for Democrats to recruit candidates against our incumbents, then it is time to take the gloves off and recruit candidates against their incumbents.

About Victoria Woodhull

  • You make some good points Ms. Woodhull, but the party could lose all the good will it’s gained with the Boston Globe if it strays from its current path. What then?

  • Robert Grove

    The ultimate goal must be to break the veto proof super majority the Dems have held since 1972 (except the first 2 years of the Weld administration). Not an easy task. In 2014, the GOP contested only 90 of the 160 House seats, all but guaranteeing the continuation of Dem authority. I applaud Gov. Baker’s ability to effectively govern in the face of this challenge. It will be a delicate dance to challenge the Dem’s and threaten their stranglehold on power, while still being able to work with leadership to govern. If threatened, there will certainly be a swift, Dem response. It is, however, a task that must be undertaken. The road to success is in our ability to successfully explain the “value proposition” of our party positions while being aware and respectful of the political positions of the 53% of voters who are unenrolled.

    • Joshua Norman

      Robert, a good way to “successfully explain the value proposition of our party positions” would be to not nominate Democrat donors like Deb Boronski to run as Republicans. Before she pulled papers to run for State Senate in 2013, 92% of her donations went to Democrat candidates. I don’t see how nominating someone who donates to Democrats helps successfully explain the value proposition of our party or its positions.

      • Robert Grove

        No question Deb was a very flawed candidate. I agree. But the facts are that she was a registered Republican. There were no other Republicans to step up and challenge her. Why? Where were our State Committee people in the district? They are conservatives and their job is to find electable Republican candidates. They didn’t do the job. Beyond that, one actually supported a third party person over the GOP candidate in violation of the State Committee rules of conduct. Where were the conservative RTC’s helping find conservative candidates? They didn’t do their job. Of course, it’s hard for the RTC’s to do their job when there are none. 5 of the 9 RTC’s in that district are dead or dying. A 6th, Springfield is completely dysfunctional. Why? Where are our State Committee people holding these groups together? If you feel that Boronski was a Dem in GOP clothing, fine. So where were the district conservatives and why didn’t they find an acceptable Republican candidate to help break the D’s super majority? And they didn’t find anyone to run against Petrolotti either. Complaining doesn’t get the job done.

  • Will Governor Baker mount a vigorous campaign for the Republican presidential candidate?

    • For Trump or Cruz? No.

      For Jeb!, Christie, or Marco? Yes.

  • CarolT

    Rather than being registered republican, I’d like to see conservative republicans. Charlie Baker himself said he was to the left of Deval Patrick.
    We need conservatives. I changed to unenrolled several years ago. I still consider myself a republican.

    • I ran as a Republican in 2014 but have switched and will be running as an independent this year. The Greater Boston Tea Party supported me the MaGOP did very little.

  • Jerry

    For almost 60 years the Mass GOP has not controlled either State House chamber or sent a Republican to the US House. Not likely any other state can boast such an impressive record of failure. As Mr. Grove implied above, active, strong, Republican Town Committees (RTC) are key to winning local, state, and state-wide elections. Where strong RTCs are absent, I believe the Republican State Committee is responsible. Mass GOP’s first step toward changing our record of failure is to acknowledge the State Committee is, historically and presently, a perfectly ineffective organization. Step 2: act on this new knowledge. Success for the Mass GOP is that simple.