Corruption at the Top: Baker’s Unethical and Counterproductive Power Grab

Governor Charlie Baker ended his State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 19th by saying his administration was focused on the “blocking and tackling” of government, where “we can have the most impact on people’s lives.”

When it comes to the Republican State Committee, he has preferred public corruption and power grabs. On November 10th, 2015 Chief Political Advisor to Governor Baker James Conroy made calls during work hours to Republican State Committee candidates informing them the governor would be endorsing their opponents and this would include financial support. I received one such call, I know of others who received them, and the calls themselves were corroborated by the Boston Globe

Taxpayers give Mr. Conroy over $100,000 a year. Good Government demands you terminate Mr. Conroy for the despicable act of wasting our taxpayer dollars to influence an election on a public ballot.

It is also despicable that, to a person, Governor Baker endorsed incumbent State Committee members that voted to abolish the district caucuses and recruited challengers to incumbents that supported retaining them.  This is the same Republican Party “leadership“ that has cost our party nearly half-a-million dollars in lawsuits by disenfranchising the Liberty Slate Delegates and later denying Mark Fisher ballot access even though he qualified under convention rules. Given this record, it is only because conservative activists are running that Trump and Cruz delegates have a prayer the MassGOP establishment won’t throw them out again in 2016.

Governor Baker also endorsed public employees in his own administration, who by law as paid public employees cannot raise a single cent for their Republican committees or any candidates.  Additionally, if they are elected and then vote funds to your campaign, our party could be saddled with yet more lawsuits for conflict of interest.

I only demand you to live up to your own words, Governor Baker. Rescind your endorsements. Demand the Paid State Employees you have endorsed either resign their post or suspend their candidacy. Apply your State of the Commonwealth Speech for governance of The People’s Business to the Republican Party’s business.

Lastly, if voters want a candidate who will stand up to their own party bosses, I ask you to look down ballot and vote for me for Republican State Committeeman on March 1st. I will hold your vote sacred. My opponent already voted against you and got rewarded the Governor’s endorsement for it.

~Brian Kennedy is the National Director for the Massachusetts Republican Assembly and candidate for the 1st Plymouth and Bristol Republican State Committeeman.


(This article is an insert in this month’s edition of the Boston Broadside. Additional links have been provided within the text.)

About Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy is a conservative activist and Taunton resident with 6 years of extensive volunteer experience on political campaigns, with a focus on drafting and enhancing new talent to build the Republican Party's bench. He is also National Director for the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, a full-platform conservative organization nationally chartered by the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.