What is the Republican State Committee?

The Republican State Committee is comprised of 40 men and 40 women elected every four years on the presidential primary ballot. They serve as a board of directors for the state Republican Party. They elect Party officers (Chairman, Treasurer), enter contracts for the party (for things like renting office space) and support candidates. They form committees that oversee the rules of the Party, draft the Party platform, and create an annual budget. They endorse candidates and determine which candidates the party spends its financial resources on.

The state committee is organized under MA State Law. The secretary of state’s pamphlet on the committee says the State Committee members:

  • Promote the aims of the party
  • Work in cooperation with the national committee and ward and town committees
  • Organize and work for the nomination and election of party candidates

The Party bylaws say this:

“Consistent with the preamble to the Rules of the National Republican Party, it is the intent and purpose of the State Committee to foster the tenets of the Republican Party as stated in the Platform of the National Republican Party. The Republican Party is the Party of the open door. Ours is the Party of equality of opportunity for all and favoritism for none. It is the intent and purpose of these by-laws to encourage the broadest possible participation of all voters in Republican Party activities at all levels and to assure that the Republican Party is open, accessible to all, and answerable ultimately to the people in the true American tradition.

It is the further purpose of these by-laws to ensure that the Republican Party stands for the principle that we are the Party open to all, we are also the Party of opportunity for all: opportunity for every one of every race, religion, color, national origin, age and sex.

These by-laws provide for full participation with equal opportunity for men and women, for minorities and heritage groups, and for all Americans regardless of age or social or economic status.

These by-laws mandate that the Republican Party shall be a state-wide Party, purposeful and strong in all counties, cities, towns and neighborhoods of the Commonwealth.” (page 4)

They also state on Page 5:

“The Regular Members of the State Committee shall be the legislative branch of the Massachusetts Republican Party. The Regular Members shall have the power to elect and remove the officers and Executive Committee of the State Committee in accordance with these by-laws, to set policy for the Republican Party in Massachusetts, to serve as members on standing and special committees of the State Committee as may be designated by the State Chair or Regional Chair, to review, oversee and approve the budget of the State Committee, to adopt rules or resolutions consistent with these by-laws pursuant to G.L. c. 52, sec. 10, to further the interest of the Republican Party, and to represent all enrolled Republicans, and ward, town and city committees, in the senatorial district from which they are elected.”

There are many individuals running for state committee who wish to fulfil these roles and objectives. Nowhere does it state, “The Republican State Committee shall serve the interests of one individual, in a cult of personality, focused on giving one Republican official power over the committee and all decisions.”

Choose carefully on March 1. Thank you.

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