Republican State Committee 2016

After all is said and done in the Republican State Committee races, then end result is that the Committee is still relatively equally divided.  And while the Governor may have picked up a seat or two, the very real fact is that there remain many on the State Committee who feel the need, indeed the obligation, to fight for the grassroots Republican.  Because at the end of the day, State Committee members are still obligated to the Republicans who voted for them, the candidates in their districts, and the activists wanting to get involved.  I know most of these people, and in spite of some having their campaigns financed by the Governor, they are still good people who want to do right by the grassroots.  Sometimes however, they’ll need a reminder, as I suspect the Governor will never let them forget.


So over the course of the next few years, some of us will be fighting for funding for down ticket candidates, something we started as the Class of 2012, and will continue to make a focus of our agenda moving forward.  We will also be looking for more training for candidates, better candidate recruitment, Town Committee growth and a renewed focus on transparency and fairness.  We need a permanent infrastructure dedicated to electing Republicans, not a temporary one focused around one particular important politician. We also need to focus on accountability from leadership by demanding results based on measurable goals.  Another focus will be on Party loyalty.  So many of us are disgusted with high level republicans endorsing and supporting Democrats, and speaking out against the 2014 Platform, which passed overwhelming with 58 votes,  a tribute to the previous State Committee which understood the importance of Republican values.  For those who might want to change that Platform, I would remind people that it was under that platform that republicans came out to vote and elected a Republican Governor, and we picked up legislative seats.


RMG’s focus over the next years will be on keeping our readers aware of what is happening with the Republican State Committee, not only in terms of agenda items and meeting dates, but also in terms of political philosophy, as some try to move the Party further and further left.  We hope that our readers will not only join in the discussion on RMG, but also make their feelings known to their respective State Committee members.  Thank you.


About Steve Aylward

Steve Aylward is one of the principal owners of Red Mass Group. He is the Republican State Committeeman for Second Suffolk & Middlesex, comprised of Belmont, Watertown, Brighton and Back Bay. In 2014 he was Co-Chairman of the Question 1 - the Ballot Initiative which successfully repealed automatic gas tax hikes.