Georjann McGaha for State Committeewoman

I am a candidate for the MA Republican State Committee in the First Middlesex Senatorial District, which includes Westford, Lowell, Tyngsboro, Dunstable, Pepperell, and Groton. State Committee Members are elected every four years during the Republican Presidential Primary.

The State Committee’s main purpose is to promote the Republican Party by organizing and working for the nomination and election of candidates as well as setting the Party platform. This is exactly what I have been doing for the past 10 years. I have been a dedicated volunteer, working hundreds of hours for various local, state, and national Republican candidates. This includes phone banks, literature drops, door to door, signature papers, standouts, fundraising, writing letters to the editor, and poll watching.

I have been involved in many Republican activities:

  • Lowell Republican City Committee.
  • Westford Republican Town Committee (2005 – 2016)
  • WRTC College Scholarship Committee
  • Past VP and President of Middlesex Republican Women
  • Past VP and President of MA Republican Assemblies 3rd Congressional District (The organization promoted by President Ronald Reagan)
  • Fifth Congressional District Alternate Delegate for the 2008 Republican National Convention
  • In 2013, when the MA legislature linked the gas tax to inflation, I volunteered to help collect the 146,000 signatures needed to put this issue on the ballot. It was successful!
  • I stepped up to volunteer as signature captain for the Lowell area to prohibit tax dollars being spent on the Olympics. Once again taxpayers were protected because of our determination.
  • I recently drove to East Bridgewater to make “Get Out The Vote” phone calls for Geoff Diehl, who was a candidate for StateSenate.

As the daughter of a US Air Force officer and a sister of a US Navy veteran, I am a patriotic supporter of the Constitution. I taught elementary school for over ten years. My husband and I lived in Westford for 20 years, and all 6 children graduated from Westford Academy. For the past two years our family has enjoyed living in Lowell where my son attends UMASS Lowell.

With only 11% of MA voters being Republican, we must pull ourselves together and start building the Republican Party. We must recruit and develop strong town and city committees. We need to communicate the value of the core Republican principles which are; strong defense, limited government, individual liberty, lower taxes, balanced budgets, judicial restraint, and conservative values. We need a State Committee consisting of members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work as hard as I do to elect Republican candidates. I have the experience, enthusiasm and leadership to make a difference!

Please vote for

Georjann McGaha

Republican State Committee on

March 1st, 2016

Thank you for your support!

Georjann McGaha and Dennis Galvin are endorsed by the many members of the Westford Republican Town Committee. Their life-long commitment to the Republican Party and principles merit your vote in the Presidential Primary on March 1, 2016.

Galvin promises an aggressive campaign

By Christopher Scott, cscott@lowellsun.com

UPDATED:   01/19/2016 07:33:37 AM EST

 

Dennis Galvin, left, with the state s top Republican, Gov. Charlie Baker. COURTESY PHOTO

Dennis Galvin, left, with the state s top Republican, Gov. Charlie Baker. COURTESY PHOTO

WESTFORD — Dennis Galvin, a well-known Republican and long-time Westford Planning Board member, is promising an “aggressive and insightful” campaign for Republican State Committee from the 1st Middlesex District, a campaign that’s shaping up as a city vs. the suburbs contest.

“We are facing serious threats to our security, prosperity and freedom,” Galvin said. “Courageous and competent leadership must be brought forward in order to successfully meet the challenges facing us.

“The Massachusetts Republican State Committee is the governing board of the state Republican Party,” said Galvin. “It is responsible for developing this leadership. It has been in failure mode for the past 40 years. The time has come for this committee to move the party forward. The citizens of this state need an alternative to the bloated, ineffective and unresponsive power structure on Beacon Hill.”

Galvin officially announced his candidacy Wednesday morning on the Westford Town Common.

The district is currently represented by Richard Green, of Lowell, and Susan Slade, of Groton. Neither is seeking re-election.

Besides Galvin, the field includes Jordan Gys, who unsuccessfully ran for Lowell City Council last fall; Georjann McGaha, of Lowell; and state Rep. Sheila Harrington, of Groton.

The election is March 1, the same day as the presidential primary. One man and one woman get elected. McGaha was scheduled to officially announce her candidacy during a gathering of local Republicans Thursday night in Lowell.

Besides Groton, Lowell and Westford, communities in the district are Dunstable, Pepperell and Tyngsboro.

A retired Massachusetts State Police officer, Galvin ran for Westford state representative in 2004 and again in 2014. Listening to Galvin explain why he’s running, it’s pretty clear he’s not happy with the state GOP.

He said: “The Republican State Committee must assert its leadership role in the party. Personal vendettas and factionalism must end. The committee must focus the party on its mission, which is to provide rigorous oversight over state government services, ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. It must also offer solutions to the problems we face, that minimize the burden on the taxpayer and facilitate economic growth, which is the answer to most of our problems. As Republicans, we must become more articulate in stating our positions, more persistent in fundraising, relentless in registering Republican voters and remain united with one focus, which is to win the hearts and minds of the voters of this state.”

Cliff Krieger, a member of Lowell’s License Commission and one of the city’s more vocal Republicans, is excited about the race and reminds everyone to vote on March 1. He has this reminder for district Republicans: “The election on 1 March is not just about the Presidential Primaries. It is also about electing our party committee persons for the Republican and Democrat Parties.”

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_29403040/galvin-promises-aggressive-campaign#ixzz3xkCJ7bQn

A Message from MassGOP Chairman, Kirsten Hughes

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On behalf of the MassGOP, I want to wish you and your family a happy new year! With 2016 now fully underway, I wanted to reach out and provide an update from the Party about the exciting year ahead!
Looking Back: 2015 Successes
Last year was a great year for our party: Governor Baker was inaugurated and began to advance a smart, fiscally disciplined agenda on Beacon Hill. It’s clearly resonated with the people of Massachusetts: his sky-high favorability ratings make him the most popular governor in America. Given the successes of the Baker Administration this past year, the MassGOP could not be more proud to have played a critical role in his election.
We had other successes, too – the state party worked with a great group of campaigns in 2015 elections using the top-notch tools we leveraged in 2014. Working with dozens of campaigns across the state, we won key municipal and special elections using smart, data-driven campaign strategies. Of course, great candidates on the ground are the difference-makers – but we’re proud to be part of their winning teams.
2016 Opportunities
2016 is an opportunity to redouble these efforts. Some of the highlights you can expect this year:
  • The MassGOP will work with elected officials to defend their seats, and invest in smart offensive opportunities to grow our team on Beacon Hill. We’ll do this by providing candidates access to the MassGOP Toolbox. Learn more about the Toolbox by clicking here.
  • We’ll work with activists and GOP leaders across the state to improve the way we run campaigns. Stay tuned to learn more about important training opportunities in the new year.
  • We’ll continue to make sure RTCs and local activists have the tools they need to advance GOP voter registration in the Commonwealth – using our voter registration packets.
  • We’re going to work hard to pick up key special election victories in 2016. There are several House elections (including in Fitchburg and Peabody) on the ballot on March 1 – and a key Senate election (Bob Hedlund’s open seat on the South Shore) coming up later this spring. Historically, we’re able to make important gains in special elections, and 2016 is no different. Stay tuned about ways you can help these campaigns.
  • The MassGOP presidential primary is on March 1. With a competitive primary, we’re excited that our state is going to play a key role in helping the GOP pick the best candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. We’ll work to make voters aware and excited about the choice they face in 2016.
Thanks again for all your support – this year and last year. Together, we’re able to accomplish so much for Massachusetts – click here to make sure you are on our volunteer list for 2016!

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2016 Republican State Committee Schedule

The 2016 Republican State Committee schedule has been set.

1/20/2016 – Wednesday – 7pm – Q1 State Committee Meeting, Newton Marriott (Snow date 1/27/16)

4/2/2016 – Saturday – 11am-3pm – Q2 State Committee Meeting (Organization – Election of Officers)

5/25/2016 – Wednesday – 7pm – Q2 State Committee Meeting (Election of at-large delegates)

9/14/2016 – Wednesday – 7pm – Q3 State Committee Meeting

11/16/2016 – Wednesday – 7pm – Q4 State Committee Meeting

With the exception of the January 20, 2016 meeting at the Newton Marriott, meeting locations are still to be determined.

Information and locations for regional caucuses to select RNC delegates will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

 

MassGOP Offers New Years’ Resolutions For Mass. Democrats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 31, 2015

BOSTON — 2015 was a tough year for Massachusetts Democrats – they faced brutal headlines that chronicled their lack of a coherent strategy, and the party’s chaotic infighting.

Democrats must be looking to turn the corner in 2016, so the MassGOP is here to help – with some New Years’ Resolutions for top Massachusetts Democrats:

Elizabeth Warren – Try Telling The Truth For A Change
Our state’s senior senator had a tough time with the truth in 2015 – landing on the Washington Post’s “biggest Pinocchios” for one of her lies. (Shannon Young, “US Sen. Elizabeth Warren named one of ‘biggest Pinocchios’ of 2015,” Springfield Republican, 12/16/15)

Warren is expected to continue to neglect Massachusetts in 2016, but one thing she could do for her constituents is to stop embarrassing us with her high-profile struggles with the truth. We don’t want to set the bar too high for her, though – so maybe she could start by moving from four Pinocchios to three. Unfortunately, we’re not holding our breath.

Maura Healey – Find Better Friends
The new attorney general faced criticism this year for her alliance with the Teamsters union – whose members have been indicted for harassing women and the use of homophobic and sexists slurs. (Stephanie Ebbert, “Healey defends Teamsters union,” Boston Globe, 10/8/15)

Healey’s “inclusive” rhetoric on the campaign trail doesn’t match her actions – she’s gladly accepted campaign contributions from the Teamsters – who were accused in their indictment of employing “old school thug tactics” when they harassed women on a film crew last year.

Our advice to Healey – in 2016, find some new friends who aren’t facing federal indictment.

Stan Rosenberg – Read Up On Recent History
In an interview with the Boston Globe in late 2015, the new Senate president complained that state ethics rules are “way overreaching.” (MassGOP, “Dem State Senate President Ignores Recent Scandals, Says Ethics Rules Are ‘Overreaching,’ MassGOP.com, 12/16/15)

Next year, we’d recommend Rosenberg re-examine the recent history of Democratic scandals on Beacon Hill: three felonious Democratic House Speakers and a probation scandal that destroyed public confidence in the Legislature.

We hope Rosenberg takes the time to read up on the the sad history of Democratic corruption in the Legislature, because his tone-deaf comments don’t exactly inspire public confidence in his ability to be any different.

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I can’t BELIEVE we’re doing this again!

So I wrote the following in 2013. Sadly, given that we’re having this intra-party fight again, I feel the need to repost it.

“What is the one thing that can unite the MassGOP? Hint: It starts with “R”.

We just had our monthly RTC meeting this past Wednesday, and our State Committeeman was there to give us an update from that level.

His perspective was disheartening to say the least, even taken with a large grain of salt. With two warring factions at the state party level (he being on one side in this “War To End All Wars” nonsense) fighting for control, what’s a lowly committee chair with little contact with the grandees of the Party to do? All I’ve got is an opinion. So here it is: Stop it. Just stop it.

The State Party should be doing 3 things with its limited resources, and having a pissing contest over the soul of the party isn’t one of them.

1. Marketing/branding (60%). 2. Setting up effective GOTV operations (30%). And 3. Financially supporting candidates (10%).

Lets look at #1. The krack kadre of kampaign konsultants should have absolutely nothing to do with branding the party or marketing its message. Here’s a novel idea, have advertising/marketing professionals do it. For the most part these are not political junkies. They would approach the problem as they would any other marketing challenge. What is the key message? What is the strategic goal? What tactics will best convey that message and help reach the goal? We should be looking at this through a marketing prism instead of a political one. Finding Conservative-minded people would be a plus.

I’ve talked about this before. We have the better policies. We’re terrible at connecting those policies emotionally to the voters. Remember, we’re fighting Liberalism, the politics of feeling good about yourself. People need to feel good about their vote. That’s an emotional connection to a rational decision. People need an emotional reason to connect to a brand.

Now #2. Our GOTV effort pales in comparison to our opponents. They are taking full advantage of the latest technologies, coupled with good old-fashioned shoe leather, to get their folks to the polls. We don’t. That needs to change. Ed Lyons could speak to this better than I, so I defer to him on explaining all the tech solutions available.

#3. Candidates need to raise money. Duh. The State Party would better serve candidates by setting up an infrastructure to require less investment in mailings, web & social media presence, and other basic for setting up a campaign. (Ties into the whole brand message too.) Setting up a customizable “toolkit” would allow candidates to spend their money more efficiently and on other things like events (hosting/participating in cultural/civic events in their communities) and voter outreach and contact.

Oh, about that “R” word. It’s “Reform”. Every single tactical message should hammer in the message of “Real. Meaningful. Reform.”

Reform means lower taxes, and you don’t have to talk about cutting taxes. Reform means a more efficient delivery of essential services, and you don’t have to talk about cutting programs. Reform means good fiscal stewardship, and you don’t have to talk about cutting positions. Even if the end goal is to do all three, you don’t have to explicitly say it, which means there’s nothing to argue against.

That’s the one thing that the whole party can unite behind. It’s also the one thing Independents can get behind with us. It’s the one message that will allow us to win.”

 

FACT SHEET: Dukakis’s Faulty Claim That Patrick Left MA “In Pretty Darn Good Shape”

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December 7, 2015

 

BOSTON — Over the weekend, former Gov. Michael Dukakis sought to downplay the significant problems of Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and claimed that Patrick left Massachusetts “in pretty darn good shape.” Dukakis’s efforts to mask the deep problems leftover from the Patrick administration are simply not enough: the facts just do not back up his claim.
Patrick’s Disastrous Fiscal Management Left Massachusetts Worse Off
FACT: Patrick left the state budget with a $765 million deficit for fiscal year 2015 that had to be fixed by Governor Baker immediately upon taking office. (Josh Miller, “Baker cites $765 million budget shortfall,” Boston Globe, 1/20/15)

FACT: Patrick also left the state with a $1.8 billion structural deficit, which also had to be fixed by the Baker Administration. (Michael Jonas, “Baker’s budget balance: Governor shows a deft hand for give and take, CommonWealth, 7/17/15)

FACT: Patrick’s poor fiscal management caused Standard and Poor’s to downgrade the Commonwealth’s fiscal outlook last month. S&P specifically cited Patrick’s “previous [rainy day] drawdowns that occurred in [fiscal years] 2013 and 2015,” in their report. (Bruce Mohl, “S&P lowers Mass. outlook to negative,” CommonWealth, 11/23/15)

Patrick’s Disastrous Handling Of The Health Connector Failed The People Of Massachusetts
FACT: Patrick’s disastrous handling of the Health Connector’s changes under ObamaCare forced thousands of families onto MassHealth last year. (Felice Freyer, “About 400,000 in Mass. must seek new health plan,” Boston Globe, 8/15/14)

FACT: Recent reports allege that Patrick’s administration “appear[s] to have lied” to the federal government about the Health Connector’s failures. (Shira Schoenberg, “Pioneer Institute report says Massachusetts Health Connector officials ‘appear to have lied’ to federal government,” Springfield Republican, 5/10/15)

FACT: Patrick tried to blame the media for the Connector’s problems. (Matt Stout, “Deval Patrick blames media for sensationalizing buggy Obamacare site,” Boston Herald, 5/12/15)

The Patrick Administration Spent Taxpayer Money Unwisely, While Gutting Support To Cities And Towns
FACT: The Patrick Administration’s poor handling of the Green Line extension led to ballooning costs revealed this year. “DePaola also pointed to the contracting process being used for the Green Line extension, which the T has not previously used.” (Nicole Dungca, “Green Line extension could cost another $1 billion,” Boston Globe, 8/24/15)

FACT: Patrick’s Administration secretly diverted millions to off-the-books accounts to fund his overseas junkets. (Joe Battenfeld, “Hidden junket funds: How Deval Patrick secretly diverted millions to off-budget accounts,” Boston Herald, 6/10/15)

FACT: Patrick’s out-of-control spending was funded by gutting support for cities and towns, which had to be restored by Governor Baker. 

“Before stepping down, Patrick imposed more than $40 million in cuts that didn’t require legislative approval, including $18.7 million from regional transportation for school busing and $1.2 million from public-run charter school reimbursements. Patrick also asked the Legislature to cut money for cities and towns by more than $25 million in addition to $10 million from the Department of Transportation and $21.8 million from other agencies..”

“But Baker and others have signaled that local aid for cities and towns won’t likely be a target. To the contrary, one of Baker’s first moves as governor was to free up $100 million for local road and bridge projects…” (Christian Wade, “Baker, lawmakers say local aid is safe in face of budget crisis,” CHNI, 1/13/15)

FACT: Patrick’s out-of-control spending was funded by hiking taxes on small business. “When all is said and done, businesses collectively pay at least $150 million more annually in taxes, according to Widmer.” (Shirley Leung, “Governor Deval Patrick’s hits and misses,” Boston Globe, 12/17/15)

 

How Reince Priebus is Responsible for the CNBC Debate Disaster

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The facts speak for themselves.

A full understanding of the steps the Romney-led establishment took to punish the grassroots in 2012 is necessary to understand what has happened this cycle.  Conservative Review’s Steve Deace took a look at how the 2012 rules, the ones campaigns are now operating under, were adopted.

“Look closer at the rules and you’ll see this is tailor-made for Jeb Bush 2016,” he told me. “Under the new rules, which were driven down our throats by Bush family loyalist Ben Ginsberg and the establishment at the 2012 convention, states aren’t allowed to have ‘winner-take-all’ primaries until after March 15th. That means all those southern states that go prior to that will have to proportionally-allocate their delegates”

The rules were a direct result of the grassroots activism of the Liberty Movement, a small band of Ron Paul loyalists who ran for and won a significant portion of the delegates – bound by the rules to Romney – for the 2012 convention.  The Bushtablishment, lead by Ben Ginsberg, worked to have many of these Liberty Delegates deemed unqualified to be delegates, mainly due to the rule fight.

The rules, adopted at the 2012 convention, were what Ginsberg and Reince Priebus – who was the Party Chair at the time – wanted for gaining more control of the debates.  Rule 10(h), as adopted, governs the debate process.

(h) There shall be a Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates, which shall be composed of thirteen (13) members of the Republican National Committee, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and each of the four (4) regions shall elect two (2) members, one man and one woman, at its regional caucus at the RNC Summer Meeting in each even-numbered year in which no Presidential election is held. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall appoint the chairman of the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates from among the members thereof. The Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall have the authority to sanction debates on behalf of the Republican National Committee based on input from presidential campaigns and criteria which may include but are not limited to considerations of timing, frequency, format, media outlet, and the best interests of the Republican Party. Each debate sanctioned by the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall be known as a “Sanctioned Debate.” Any presidential candidate who participates in any debate that is not a Sanctioned Debate shall not be eligible to participate in any further Sanctioned Debates.

The stage was set for Preibus to put in place the debate process he wanted.

As many media outlets have reported, the purpose of the RNC taking control of the debates was to avoid debate saturation, and give the RNC more control over the process. The penalty was harsh. If a campaign goes rogue, the candidate loses access to all future “sanctioned debates.”    The stage was set for Preibus to put in place the debate process he wanted.

At the 2013 Summer Meeting of the Republican National Committee, in Boston, Priebus sought and passed a resolution to ban CNN and NBC News from hosting any debates during the 2016 primary season.  The Hill reported at the time:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted unanimously Friday to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless the networks kill their planned films on Hillary Clinton.

“We don’t have time for the media’s games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston. “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”

There was no larger “media game” than the most recent CNBC debate.

If Priebus aimed to squelch liberal bias, his pick to chair the Standing Committee on Debates is a real head-scratcher.  At the 2014 Summer Meeting of the Republican National Committee the members of the committee were elected by the four RNC regions and appointed by Chairman Priebus.  The minutes of that meeting record who made up the committee.

Chairman Priebus announced the newly elected and appointed members of the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates: Peggy Lambert (NCW Tennessee), Randy Evans NCM Georgia), Henry Barbour (NCM Mississippi), Mary Buestrin (NCW Wisconsin), Bob Bennett (NCM Ohio), Helen Van Etten (NCW Kansas), Solomon Yue (NCM Oregon), Jeff Kent (NCM Washington), Susan Hutchison (SC Washington), Juliana Bergeron (NCW New Hampshire), Ron Kaufman (NCM Massachusetts), Rob Gleason (SC Pennsylvania), and Committee Chairman Steve Duprey (NCM New Hampshire).

Priebus chose the Republican National Committeeman from New Hampshire, Steve Duprey, to chair the debate committee.   To say that Duprey is not a conservative would be generous.  Based on his affiliations, he is a full bore progressive.  Duprey is a donor to Planned Parenthood Action – note: not Planned Parenthood, but their political arm.

One of New Hampshire’s most prominent Republican activists and the state’s current national committeeman, Duprey apologized yesterday for showing up – however briefly or accidentally – at a local Planned Parenthood fundraiser last week.

The Globe article had referenced Duprey as an example of a pro-abortion rights Republican and reported that he had recently “attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser with the group’s national president.” That passing reference triggered criticism on social media and other local websites, including Granite Grok and Leaven For The Loaf, which focuses on anti-abortion issues.

Duprey “apologized” for attending the event saying he did not know it was for the Action Fund in advance.   The conservative New Hampshire blog succinctly summed the argument up, “one of New Hampshire’s National Republican Committeeman went to a Planned Parenthood Fundraiser to support abortions but didn’t know the event was actually for their political arm until after he got there?”

In addition to his support for Planned Parenthood, Duprey is on the board of a pro-Common Core coalition in New Hampshire. The Union Leader reported:

Several members of the group said education never used to be a political issue, but it has become one today.

“To the extent possible, we ought to avoid politicizing it (education) and instead make sure to maximize support for a great public education for all our kids,” said Concord developer and current Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey.

Preibus chose for the debate committee, a pro-choice, pro-Common Core establishment Republican that donated to a group opposing Kelly Ayotte (F Liberty Score®) – for not being liberal enough.

This is the person that Priebus put in charge of approving a debate structure, that was supposed to counter the influence of biased liberal media.  Preibus chose for the debate committee, a pro-choice, pro-Common Core establishment Republican that donated to a group opposing Kelly Ayotte (F Liberty Score®) – for not being liberal enough.

Duprey was not the only person on the committee who was problematic.  Also on the committee is Ron Kaufman, a longtime Bushtablishment loyalist from Massachusetts.   Kaufman was instrumental, as a member of the Romney campaign team, in working with Ginsberg to strip the grassroots of delegates to the National Committee.  He engineered a tortuous process that required Massachusetts delegates to sign an affidavit, swearing under penalty of perjury to a Notary Public, that they would vote for Mitt Romney at the Convention.   Kaufman is no friend of the grassroots.

A former member of the Republican National Committee – who still regularly attends meetings – told Conservative Review that the remaining members were a mix of conservatives and moderates, but just about all were loyal to Chairman Priebus.

This brings us to January of 2015, and the Winter RNC Meeting held in San Diego, California.  At that meeting the standing committee on debates announced the debate schedule they had negotiated with media outlets.  The same former member of the RNC told CR that grassroots conservatives were shocked that the schedule was not put up for a vote of the full Republican National Committee.  It was just presented as is, and included – despite that 2013 vote – CNN and NBC News properties.

A current member of the RNC, who spoke to CR on the condition of anonymity, said that the entire process was conducted without the input of the full 168 member RNC.

The committee seemingly was just an approval arm for what Priebus, and Sean Spicer, a top level RNC staffer, wanted to have happen.  They wanted total control, and they got it.  All was seemingly going well for team RNC – until Colorado.

In the week leading up to the CNBC debate, conservatives warned the RNC that the debate moderators would be a problem.  Most notably, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist who made the case – pre-debate- that “John Harwood has no business moderating” a Republican debate.  A case that CR Editor in Chief Mark Levin echoed.

The ensuing firestorm from the CNBC debate justified the concerns  of many about the RNC’s internal debate process and how Preibus and his team engineered it.

Priebus immediately went into damage control mode after the debate.  He said that CNBC “should be ashamed” of the way the debate was being conducted.   He didn’t take any responsibility for the debacle himself.

Then the Republican campaigns decided to get together last weekend to discuss sidestepping the RNC completely for future debates.  As a pre-emptive olive leaf towards the campaigns, Priebus last week suspended – not fired – NBC News from hosting a debate early next year.

The campaigns still met, and according to the Boston Globe have agreed on a series of demands of the RNC and its media allies before participating in future debates.  The meeting took place in a ballroom signed “family meeting,” which would make Michael Corleone proud of the power play.

Politico has reported that the campaigns are working with Ben Ginsberg – the man who helped author the rules by which the RNC controls the debates – to negotiate with the RNC and media outlets on the rules of future debates.  Ginsberg has circulated a draft letter which outlines areas campaigns want addressed before agreeing to any future debate after the November 10th Fox Business debate.

Another development from the weekend, is that Sean Spicer has been removed by Priebus from coordinating future debates.   This seemingly helps to prove RNC member concerns that the standing committee was there as a defacto rubber stamp. The Washington Post reported:

Priebus has elevated Sean Cairncross, the chief operating officer of the RNC and its former chief counsel, to be the GOP’s new lead debate negotiator and organizer.

The move effectively gives the debate responsibilities currently held by Sean Spicer, the RNC’s chief strategist and spokesman, to Cairncross. Spicer, a confidant of Priebus, will remain in his role but will work in a supplementary position when it comes to arranging the debates.

Bowing to the concerns of the campaign, Priebus took decision making authority away from the person he made responsible for the debate process.

When Priebus tries to deflect blame for the debate process, it is helpful to remember that he engineered the current process and ultimately wanted more control. Given the results of recent debates, most particularly CNBC, the road to the CNBC disaster stops at Preibus.

Written by Robert Eno: Eno is the Director of Research for Conservative Review and also is a Contributor. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.  He is also a fill in radio host and appears on television.  Follow him @robeno and feel free to email him at reno@conservativereview.com

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2016 Republican Floor Fight? Be there!

The Republican State Committee recently voted to choose 2016 Republican Convention delegates through the caucus system. So anyone who’s registered to vote as a Republican by February 10, 2016 can run in a caucus to be delegate to the 2016 Republican Convention! But why run?

First, look at the field of candidates? There’s likely never been as much energy and as many full platform conservative candidates as there are this year. There’s considerable talk that there may even be a “floor fight” for the nomination similar to those featuring Dwight Eisenhower and Robert Taft in 1952 or even Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford in 1976. (Imagine: Reagan only needed 59 votes to win the 1976nomination!)

But there’s more than that!

Townhall.com recently published a piece by Katie Kieffer titled, GOP Elites Secret Plan to Expel Donald Trump and Ben Carson. The piece describes how the Republican establishment, RNC leadership and staff, will alter the Rules of the Republican Party to block not only Trump or Carson, but any candidate they don’t like.

Can this happen? Absolutely! Google the Fair Play Rule in the 1952 Convention and you’ll see what can happen. But not if someone is watching and knows what to do about it.

Ms. Kieffer unwittingly highlights a key role that convention delegates can and should play: guardians of the Platform and the Rules Committees (and of who gets into the Convention, but the Credentials Committee is another post!). Most see political party conventions for their entertainment value and for unifying and giving the winning nominee a jump-start for the final months of their campaign. But the Republican Convention also establishes the Platform for the Republican Party and the Rules for the Republican Party for the following four years.

Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum know full well the games the GOP establishment elders attempt to play on the Platform Committee. She has fought for over 40 years to keep the pro-life plank in the Republican Party Platform. How? By getting pro-life delegates elected and placed on the Platform Committee. She’s a grassroots guardian!

As an aside, the 2016 Platform Committee will not only see a fight for the pro-life plank but with the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell (pronounce oh berg a fell) v. Hodges there’ll also be a fight for the traditional marriage plank of the platform.

Grassroots guardians also have to guard the Rules as the same principle stands when it comes to the Rules of the Republican Party. The only difference between the Rules Committee and the Platform Committee is the high-profile nature of the issues (it’s sexier!) associated with the Platform Committee. I mean, really, who cares about the Rules when you can fight about life and marriage!

I do, because the rules establish, among a great many things, the balance of power within the Republican Party between the staff and leadership of the Republican National Committee and the members of the Republican Party—the grassroots, that is.

Because few people pay attention to the rules, power-seeking, and to some nefarious, elements have had a field day with the Rules over the past 20 or 30 years. That’s how Rule 40(b), the Rule that Kieffer writes about, was changed. There continues to be a slow but sure inertia to the concentration of power in the Republican Party.

But just as the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives ousted John Boehner from the Speakership, so to must regular members rise up, run for delegates, and be active in all aspects of the 2016 Republican Convention. It all comes down to the votes. With enough full-platform conservatives on the Convention floor, we can wage a floor fight over not only the Platform and the Rules, but for a truly, full-platform conservative Republican Presidential candidate! This is not a Convention to miss!

Read Katie Kieffer’s column here: http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2015/10/19/gop-elites-secret-plan-to-expel-donald-trump-and-ben-carson-n2067142?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad

Bump Pumps Up Travel Expenses As Commuters Suffer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 15, 2015

CONTACT:
Terry MacCormack
781.799.1987
Auditor Spent Thousands On Hotels While Workers Sit Through Long Commutes

BOSTON — Auditor Suzanne Bump’s exorbitant travel expenses are under fire after a review published in today’s Boston Herald revealed she spent thousands on needless hotels to avoid commuting.

While Bump spends taxpayer dollars freely on her hotel rooms, Massachusetts families suffer through brutal commutes every day. In one instance, Bump charged a hotel room on taxpayers’ dime because the thirty-minute commute to an Ashland conference was too much. Meanwhile, a recent Boston Globe study found that hard-working commuters from Ashland face one of the most difficult commutes in the Commonwealth.

“Suzanne Bump has clearly had Massachusetts taxpayers subsidizing her needless travel expenses for too long.” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “While Bump enjoys a convenient stay in a hotel, the taxpayers footing the bill are stuck in traffic, trying to get to work and pay the bills. This incredible lack of fiscal discipline is simply astonishing from the state’s supposed taxpayer watchdog.”
Background:
Suzanne Bump Racked Up A Nearly-$30,000 Bill For Travel Expenses, Including A Stay At An Ashland Hotel To Avoid The Commute.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump since taking office has racked up nearly $30,000 in travel expenses, including jetting off to 16 out-of-state conferences, booking hotel rooms for events only miles from her home…

“[Bump] charged $560 for a hotel stay for a February 2013 conference in Ashland, roughly 30 miles away from Bump’s South Boston condo. Her office again pointed to an early start time in defending the hotel stay.”
The Ashland Commuters Who Help Foot The Taxpayer Bill For Bump Face One Of The Worst Commutes In The State
“Just how bad was your commute this morning? Everybody talks about the traffic, but we at The Boston Globe decided to do something about it.

“Nevertheless, it was a neck-and-neck slog — about an hour and a half — for our drivers from Ashland and Scituate.”
(Leslie Anderson, “Who won the Great Commuter Race?, ” Boston Globe, 9/9/15)
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