On April 5th, the Republican State Committee will decide who will represent them to the RNC as National Committee Woman. And in doing so, they will set the tone for the direction they hope to see the Party move in going forward. Will the State Republican Party be about a comprehensive approach that works to support all candidates at all levels, or will be a Party once again be focused exclusively on re-electing one person?
It will not be a shock to know that the Party establishment wants complete control, and ‘control’ resides at the top of the ticket, not with the little guy that works everyday to make the party stronger. Their “all-for-one” philosophy has served them well over the years, but the end result for our party has been devastating. But in order to protect what is theirs, the establishment doesn’t want anyone independent-minded, and they certainly don’t want any anti-establishment voices ringing the bell regarding how they’re going to spend the Party’s finances this year and beyond.
But it is for those very reasons that RMG supports Chanel Prunier. Like so many of the rank and file grassroots republicans, Chanel believes the Republican State committee members SHOULD care about
- Down ticket candidates (county, legislative, municipal)
- Training for campaign managers, activists
- Republican Town Committee development, growing local organizations
- Growing the LOCAL Republican activity at all levels – building a farm team and grassroots
- Growing the Party Enrollment/registration, currently at only 11%
- Candidate recruitment everywhere, at all levels, to get GOP message out
The establishment has a competing philosophy: that it’s only about the top of the ticket – whether it be Scott Brown or Gabriel Gomez, Mitt Romney, or lately Charlie Baker. Bill Weld was a big proponent of this view several decades ago. It served him well, but it set our Party back a generation.
Chanel Prunier has a contrasting view: The Party should serve all Republicans. People like Ryan Fattman and Lew Evangelidis are equally important as Scott Brown or Charlie Baker. It is a reasonable approach, yet in the minds of the establishment, it is heresy.
Hopefully in making their decision the State Committee will come to understand two very pertinent points.
- That the ‘all-for-one’ approach has been tried repeatedly in the past, without success. People at the top of the ticket come and go – most recently Scott Brown and Mitt Romney – while time after time we at the grassroots levels are left to pick up the pieces and put the Party back together.
- That it is not a zero sum game. The two approaches are not mutually exclusive. We can grow the Party from the base up, while still re-electing republicans at the top of the ticket.
Chanel Prunier has worked hard for literally hundreds of candidates, from the top of the ticket to municipal races. In doing so, she has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Republicans at all levels. She deserves the support of the state committee, and folks at Red MassGroup.
Please click here to endorse her campaign: http://www.rightvoice.org/renewma/supportchanel