- State Employee being harassed at work for not getting involved in a political race.
- On behalf of another State Employee who –
- Just GOT an appointment from the Governor – who then endorsed him for a party political race.
- The person Baker sends to make assurances, Jim Conroy, is the same one at the center of another Globe article that involved outcalls to challengers of Baker-endorsed candidates – made oddly just at the time between when you get nomination papers into the city clerks and when you have to get them back to the Secretary of State to appear on the ballot.
There is a fitting, but ominous parallel here. This is exactly like the 2014 convention, where the MA GOP violated their own convention rules and denied Mark Fisher ballot access. The result was an initial settlement of $210,000 (and more later), but almost as important for the Republican brand, the media headline out of the convention wasn’t “Massive Republican Support for Baker at Convention” it was “Mark Fisher sues Massachusetts Republican Party.”
Governor (Then Candidate) Baker could have stepped in at the convention to avoid that. Primary results bore out that he was an overwhelming favorite, that’s just history regardless of how you felt about that race.
This is the disturbing pattern of the MA GOP leadership:
Make the rules. We don’t like the result of the rules. Break the rules. Hope no one calls you on it, but they always do.
2012: The rules are we elect delegates. We don’t like the elected delegates. Let’s disqualify the delegates through a novel affidavit process and be the prime subject of bad press and a lawsuit.
2014: The rules are we don’t count blanks. We don’t like the results when we don’t count blanks. Let’s count blanks and disqualify a candidate who made the threshold so we can be the prime subject of bad press and a lawsuit.
2016: We want to change the rules so that we don’t elect delegates at caucuses. The State Committee voted that we’re electing delegates at caucuses. Let’s get the Governor to back our purge and apply every lever of influence, no matter how destructive to get our way so that… we can be the prime subject of bad press (and who knows what is next?)
The reality is that Governor Baker is not on the ballot. Every single person elected will have a duty to work with him in furtherance of the party’s overall goals. The MA GOP Establishment IS on the ballot though, and once again all they’ve done is brought disgrace to anyone who associates with them.
It would be easy for the Governor to denounce this. To remove from his offices anyone involved in these horrible acts. To bring the accountable government his endorsement emails and letters reference. He should do so – things are already well out of hand, and it’s his name that takes the heat for it. It is your administration Governor Baker. It’s time to save it from the MA GOP.
This is why our party needs reform. This is why so many are running, including myself.