State Committee Reorg Meeting April 5, 2016


With little dissent, the term of Kirsten Hughes as Chair was extended through 2016.

Ron Kaufman was re-elected by unanimous proclamation as National Committeeman.

Keiko Orall defeated Chanel Prunier to become the new National Committeewoman by a vote of 41 to 37, with one blank.

Angela Davis was re-appointed as Secretary.  Brendan O’Connell lost to incumbent Treasurer Brent Anderson by a vote of 45 to 34.

Rich Berrena won re-election as Region 1 Chair.  Rob Cappuci won the Region 3 Chair seat.  Mark Townsend won Region 5.  The results of Region 2 are not known at this time.  Region 4 is undecided as of now.





Massachusetts Republican Party

I wanted to reach out with another Political Update to provide you with some important information and resources related to MassGOP activities, candidates, and causes:

1) Municipal Campaign Tools: The MassGOP is ready to help with the tools and resources that you’ll need with the local elections quickly approaching. As a state party, we are committed to assisting local candidates in Massachusetts in order to build the party from the bottom up. Please see below some of the many resources we can provide:

2) Caucuses: Republicans have energy and momentum on our side heading into this summer’s national convention, as we look to turn the page on the failed Obama years. On April 30, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the process to send delegates to the convention.The congressional district caucuses to elect Massachusetts’ delegates to the Republican National Convention will take place at nine different locations across the Commonwealth. If you were registered as a Republican by February 10, you can participate in the caucuses and even run for delegate! Learn more at

Please make sure to pre-register so we can confirm your partisan registration to ensure that the beginning of the caucuses goes quickly and smoothly. We hope you’ll join us in this exciting grassroots exercise to determine delegates for the National Convention and grow our Party here in the Commonwealth! We hope you’ll pre-register for your local caucus today!

3) Signature Deadlines: Key deadlines for nomination papers for county and legislative candidates are fast approaching Nomination papers are available by telephone or in writing, and available to be picked up in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth in the Boston, Fall River, and Springfield offices. Nomination papers must be submitted to local election officials no later than 5 p.m. on May 3rd, 2016! For more information on the signature process and deadlines please click here.

If you want to help candidates collect signatures, click here and the MassGOP will get you in touch with candidates in your area!

Thanks so much for all you do for our Party. Feel free to get in touch with our office at any time with questions.

Chris Lane
Political Director, MassGOP


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MassGOP Announces Details For Congressional District Delegate Caucuses

BOSTON — Today, the Massachusetts Republican Party announced details for the nine congressional district caucuses that will elect Massachusetts delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The nine congressional district caucuses will take place on April 30 at 10AM, and each caucus will elect 3 delegates and 3 alternate delegates.


“After seeing record Republican turnout in the Massachusetts presidential primary, the MassGOP is excited to continue our grassroots momentum at the delegate caucuses this spring,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “While Democrats bolt from their Party because of uninspiring, out-of-touch candidates, Republicans are energized to turn the page and elect a GOP President this fall, and the caucuses are an important step in that process.”

Caucuses are open to any voter registered as a Republican by February 10, 2016, the same registration deadline for the presidential primary. Voters interested in attending may pre-register for their congressional district’s caucus at

Click here to see the nine caucus locations.


Basics: Per the rules of the Republican National Committee, Massachusetts sends 42 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. All 42 delegates were assigned to candidates based on the results of the March 1 primary. 27 of these delegates will be elected at the congressional district caucuses, while 12 delegates will be elected by the Republican State Committee, and 3 delegates are automatic (the state chairman, and the National Committeeman and Committeewoman).

Process: Republican voters who meet the above criteria may pre-register to attend their caucus so their registration status may be confirmed ahead of time. Caucus participants will arrive on April 30 and begin the process of electing 3 delegates and 3 alternate delegates from each district. The allocation of candidate-specific delegates to each caucus will be set by the Allocation Committee, a sub-committee of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee that will also include representatives of the presidential campaigns who will receive delegates. The Allocation Committee will complete its work by mid-April, at which time the delegate allotments will be assigned to each district caucus, the 12 at-large delegate slots, and the 3 RNC delegate slots.

Click here to read further details on the delegate process.


Baker claims victory in state committee races

Governor Charlie Baker.


Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Charlie Baker is claiming victory in a tough fight with Tea Party-leaning conservatives for control of the Massachusetts Republican Party, a battle that threatens to create deep divisions between him and the GOP’s right-leaning bloc.

A source within Baker’s political team who is familiar with the results from Tuesday’s balloting for the Republican State Committee said 51 of 74 candidates endorsed by the governor won or retained seats on the 80-member governing body of the state party.

As the results trickled in Wednesday, conservative leaders seemed resigned to the fact that Baker had successfully put the full force of his political popularity and fund-raising skills behind his campaign to gain tighter control of what has been a committee evenly divided between moderates and conservatives.

If his numbers are correct, those results would be a huge political victory for Baker, who put his political prestige on the line when he waded into an ugly intra-party fight.

“The governor is pleased with last night’s results and grateful to everyone who ran, for their sacrifice and commitment to strengthening the party,’’ Baker’s chief political adviser, Jim Conroy, said Wednesday. “He looks forward to working with the new committee to help elect Republicans up and down the ticket.”

Chanel Prunier, the state’s Republican national committeewoman, noted that while the results indicate the state committee remains divided, “the most important task now is to put the contests behind us and look to the 2016 elections against the Democrats.”

Still, Baker’s gains appear to have come with a price. Some of the conservative activists had gone out on a political limb to back Baker in 2014, providing him with significant inroads into the grass-roots activist wing of the party.

But just a year after Baker took office, many of those same people found themselves targeted by him in the races for state committee.

One candidate who won his race despite Baker’s support for his opponent, expressed frustration with the governor’s team and warned of the backlash the governor may face.

“They started an unnecessary war within their own party, and I fear that that anger will never subside,” said Steven Aylward, who went against some of his colleagues to support Baker’s 2014 candidacy.

“And while they were waging that battle, we were losing two more special elections to the Democrats — the real enemy,’’ he said, noting the GOP losses in contested races for vacant House seats in Fitchburg and Peabody in Tuesday’s elections.

“I think what we have seen here is that while the Baker people might have deep pockets, they have no coattails for the party,” said Aylward.

The last Republican governor to face a revolt from the hard right was Francis W. Sargent, a liberal Republican who fought back a conservative primary challenge in 1974, only to lose the general election to Democrat Michael S. Dukakis.

Baker’s move to bolster his control of the party is key to his continued use of its staff and resources — as well its aggressive fund-raising — for his own political operations. His political advisers, aware that the governor’s moderate image has helped to give him huge standings in the polls, also want to prevent the state GOP from being tagged as a hard-right conservative party.

To finance his campaign on behalf of his candidates for the state committee, Baker raised more than $300,000, the Globe reported last week.

But the identities of those donors and the size of their contributions are impossible for the public to track, because Baker has refused to make that information public — and has no legal obligation to do so, according to state campaign finance regulators, because the money supported candidates who were not running for public office.

His aides say a public disclosure of his donations — which the Globe has reported are as high as $10,000 apiece — would have put them at a disadvantage with the conservatives who also did not disclose their own fund-raising numbers.

At a press gathering last week, Baker continually resisted requests that he make the donations public, repeating several times that “We follow all the rules.”


Source: Early returns show wins for 26 Baker-backed state committee picks

Boston Herald
Matt Stout Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Credit: Angela Rowlings

Gov. Charlie Baker attends the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers Annual Luncheon at the State House, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Staff photo by Angela Rowlings.

At least half of the  Republican state committee candidates backed by Gov. Charlie Baker won their seats last night, according to a source familiar with early returns in the unusual battle that had pitched the popular governor against the conservative wing of his own party.

As of this morning, Baker’s endorsed candidates had won 26 of 52 head-to-head races and lost 17, with nine still considered too close to call, according to the source.

In a push to remold the Republican state committee, Baker endorsed 74 candidates in the intra-party contests that played out on Super Tuesday. Of those, 52 were in a contested fight for a spot on the 80-member committee, which, among other responsibilities, votes on the party’s platform and helps recruit and back candidates for public office.

There were two other contested races in which Baker did not endorse a pick; neither had final results this morning.
The developments followed weeks of an aggressive endorsement campaign by Baker, including yesterday when he sent out a pair of e-mails — plus another from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito — urging supporters to hit the polls for his slate of candidates.

“I’ve heard it a lot: the new direction that we’ve brought to Beacon Hill in the last year is a breath of fresh air, and has shown voters what real Republican leadership looks like here in Massachusetts,” one of Baker’s e-mails read. “Today is a critical day for our ability to keep delivering on that change.”

The campaign — for which Baker also actively raised money from unnamed donors — rankled the party’s conservative wing, which ran its own candidates versus Baker’s picks in many of the races.

Baker also drew criticism from some conservatives for backing as many as 17 candidates who also are state employees.

A spokesman for the MassGOP didn’t immediately return a message today.


WRTC Endorses McGaha and Galvin for State Committee

March 1st, voters across the Commonwealth will participate in the Presidential Primary selecting the best candidate to represent their party in the 2016 election. The ballot will also ask party voters to choose their representative to the State Committees and local party leaders. State and local representatives play an important role in forming the party’s platform, recruiting and supporting party candidates and challenging the opposition’s viewpoint.


The Westford Republican Town Committee unanimously endorses Georjann McGaha and Dennis Galvin for State Committee First Middlesex Senatorial District representatives. The First Middlesex Senatorial District includes Lowell, Tyngsborough, Westford, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. One man and one woman are elected for a four-year term.


McGaha and Galvin are strongly supported because of their knowledge and experience in the political process and fidelity to Republican principles. Both are life-long Republicans and long-time members of the Westford Republican Town Committee. As active members of the Republican Party, McGaha and Galvin have served as delegates to the Republican National Convention representing Massachusetts.


McGaha and Galvin are highly qualified leaders. McGaha has been the president of Middlesex Republican Women and MA Republican Assemblies 3rd Congressional District. Organizing volunteers, McGaha spearheaded successful signature collection drives to oppose the gas tax and Common Core. Galvin has served on the Westford Planning Board and twice run for State Representative. Galvin’s position papers on 2nd Amendment Rights and recreational marijuana have spurred the community to action.


Registered Republicans and unenrolled voters may select a Republican ballot in the primary. The Westford Republican Town Committee urges voters to participate in the March 1st election and vote for McGaha and Galvin.ce03d6a173bec96e34e5d128040fdc35

Westford Republican Town Committee

Groton Republican Town Committee

Candidate’s Night


left to right: Representative from Rubio campaign, Dennis Galvin – state committee, Ann Wofford – MA 3rd Congressional District, Groton selectmen’s candidate, Sheila Harrington – state committee, Kamara Kay – 18th Middlesex state rep, Jordan Gys – state committee, Representative from Bush campaign, Georjann McGaha – state committee

One man and one woman are elected to the State Committee from each MA Senatorial District to represent the district. The Westford Republican Town Committee endorses Georjann McGaha and Dennis Galvin for State Committee. The election is March 1st.

Elect McGaha to 1st GOP State Committee

The Lowell Sun

UPDATED:   02/18/2016 06:40:23 AM EST

On Super Tuesday, March 1, Republicans have the opportunity to elect Georgejann McGaha to the Massachusetts Republican State Committee for the 1st Middlesex Senate District.

She is a dedicated, enthusiastic and hard-working Republican woman. Mrs. McGaha has worked tirelessly for the signature drives for Tank the Gas Tax and End Common Core, as well as several Republican campaigns for office.

Jann has the knowledge and experience to ignite the grass roots and strengthen the Republican Party. If you reside as I do in the First Middlesex Senatorial District, which includes Lowell, Tyngsboro, Westford, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable, please join me in voting on March 1 for Georgejann McGaha.




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Galvin Is Best Hope For A Better GOP State Committee

This March 1st, we Massachusetts Republicans will vote for our choices in the Presidential primary and then the national campaign will roll out of here, on to its eventual conclusion. Normally little noticed is the selection seen at the bottom of the ballot slip for the GOP State committeeman in the 1st Middlesex District (Westford, Tyngsboro, Pepperell, Lowell, Groton, Dunstable). However this year the selection may be more critical than ever. The State Committee, as the overarching effort to build the base and still illuminate Republican values, needs experienced and campaign tested leaders.

The clear choice is Dennis Galvin, a proven and dynamic leader who has stood for Republican Party values when no one else would stand up to what seemed insurmountable odds. Dennis has a background that uncontestably makes him the best candidate for the State Committee. Over 25 years of successful Public and Private service in Massachusetts, Community service leader in critical youth development activities, Three term Town Planning Board Member, Republican Town Committee member and twice the GOP Standard bearer in the 2nd Middlesex Massachusetts House race are but a few of his documented credentials. Dennis has lead the growth of the GOP in this district because he pays attention to details, has a commitment to the strategic vision of the GOP and is able to engage a wide range of potential members and voters, regardless of age, cultural perspective or town/city location. He does this by actually listening to the public and then works under his most notable quote “Common sense should be our common virtue”.

As a member of a Republican Town committee for over 15 years and a past State Committeeman, I believe we must have Dennis as our first choice in this election. His support of the Party philosophy is strong and well documented through his years of Editorial submissions. Having stood for principle in tough elections, he is independent of any potential pressure to conform for political expediency sake, and lastly, in my opinion, is the caliber of Committeeman that will deeply concern the Democratic Party of Massachusetts.

So if you will pardon the pun, I hope my endorsement will “Galvanize” you to vote for Dennis on March 1st. Regardless of your Presidential selection, voting for Dennis will give you an early victory to celebrate.


Wade Fox

McGaha and Galvin support elected delegates

Marty Lamb explains why elected delegates are important to Republicans in his letter to RedMassGroup. Like Lamb, McGaha and Galvin are strong supporters of elected delegates and worked tirelessly in Middlesex County to “Tank the Gas Tax.”


Lamb for State Committee

February 16, 2016 Marty Lamb 617-513-4368


Holliston, MA …Today Marty Lamb, candidate for Republican State Committee, announced that he supports electing delegates to the national convention via caucuses. His opponent voted to take away that right and have delegates appointed.

“I would never take away the people’s right to vote. I believe that it is important to elect delegates to the national convention via caucuses. We need to keep the process open,” said Lamb.

Last year the 80 members of the Republican State Committee voted on an effort to end caucuses to elect delegates to the national convention and have delegates appointed. During the previous caucus selections, leaders of the party tried to overturn the results of the caucus because they felt the right people were not elected. To keep tight control of the delegate selection, an effort to stop the caucuses was attempted, and fortunately, failed.

“As a member of the State Committee, I will work to open up the process. I will always support the will of the people not the insiders,” said Lamb. “My only allegiance will be to the people. We don’t want any backroom deals. Just look at what is happening on the Democrat side. Last week, Hillary Clinton lost New Hampshire, but they are giving her the super delegates. Let’s keep the system honest.”

Lamb is promising to be a State Committeeman for the people. He has the proven track record. In 2014 he was the co-chairman of the successful effort to repeal automatic gas tax hikes which is saving taxpayers $2 billion. He organized the all-volunteer effort to get 146,000 signatures to out the initiative on the ballot. It was one of only 3 ballot questions nationwide to use only volunteers.

Lamb was also a leader in the successful effort to prohibit tax dollars for the Olympics. Due to Lamb’s willingness to step forward again, the plans for the Boston Olympics were dropped saving taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

Lamb is endorsed by State Representative Geoff Diehl, Celeste Wilson, the former President of the Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women, and so many more grassroots activists.

Republican State Committee members are elected in March during the presidential primary. There are 2 members elected from each Senatorial district for the 80 member board that governs the GOP within Massachusetts. News

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