by Lonnie Brennan
Minutes after assuming the throne of the MassGOP with a 37-34 win, Amy Carnevale issued a gag order to “All Employees of the Massachusetts Republican Party” forbidding any communication with any “external parties (i.e. reporters, vendors, non-employees).”
Carnevale issued the one-page letter with her MASSGOP CHAIR logo on top, detailing that for “likely the next 24-48 hours” employees are not to talk to anyone about anything to do with the MassGOP. She further locked out all employees from the MassGOP offices “without my express authorization.” The letter detailed that all login accounts shall be transferred to Carnevale or her “designated representative,” and that no communication – e-mail, chat, social media “shall occur without my express authorization.”
Log Cabin Amy Carnevale – the New Face of the Republican Party in Massachusetts poses with Alex Hagerty – president of the Greater Boston Log Cabin LGBT Group (courtesy photo)
Carnevale has called a meeting of all employees at 11:00 am on 2/1/2023.
She concluded her letter, attached below, with:
“Thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how our Party can best work together.”
As widely reported, three candidates were nominated at the MassGOP meeting on January 31, 2023: Jim Lyons, Amy Carnevale, and Elizabeth Childs.
Childs garnered five votes on the first round of voting and was thus eliminated as the lowest vote earner.
In the second/final round, Carnevale was given 37 votes over 34 for Lyons.
The mood in the room was one of confidence throughout by the victors, most of whom have not attended a state committee meeting for over a year – they had boycotted Lyons during the election season and took actions to disrupt the workings of the MassGOP. One attendee activist noted: “the margin of victory appears smaller than the number liable for criminal prosecution,” referring to actions taken against Lyons, much of which was uncovered this fall during court-sanctioned legal sworn depositions.
Of note: Lindsay Valanzola, exposed for her online postings stating how she has lived in out of state for 2.5 years, has a car registered out of state (but not a car registered in Mass. despite claiming to maintain a residence in remote Whales), but is still on the voter roles in Massachusetts, and despite a preponderance of evidence against her residency claims, was allowed to vote. She took the MassGOP to court (source of funds unknown), and her appeal was approved – the MassGOP was overruled in trying to block her from voting – the reason: technical legal bylaws not followed to properly remove her, so she apparently snuck over a crack. Just a coincidence – the same judge who broomed former Gov. Charlie Baker’s son’s groping charges approved Valenzola’s ability to vote.
Lindsay Valanzola waves arm to cheers from Carnevale supporters as she takes ballot to vote – Broadside photo
A triumphant Lindsay Valanzola smiles – Broadside Photo
A lot of talk outside the room occurred in the wake of “Caroline (Colarusso’s) middle finger to conservatives” is how one activist termed the former conservative turned Lyons hater. Colarusso nominated establishment/RINO backed Carnevale. While apparently many knew of the rift between Colarusso and Lyons, the nomination was considered over-the-top, and an insult to all conservatives. Several pledged on the spot to do everything possible to support any opponent Colarusso may have for any position in the future. The conversation continued with only slight variations from area to area. Irritation would be a mild word. Sheer anger would more closely capture the reaction from many.
The Radio Guy Conversations
Surprisingly for the first time in history, despite decades of not getting candidates elected, a former Boston-based radio talk show host spent the bulk of the past five months beating on Lyons seemingly daily on his show. Conversations in the outer room during the votes included questions of the sudden interest by that host and his network which took in at least $85,000 in revenue last year from a candidate the host heavily and repeatedly endorsed, and who was beaten by Gov. Candidate Geoff Diehl. (The radio host went on a similar five-month rant against Diehl, with some apparent cognitive leap that Diehl – who beat the radio host’s candidate is “a loser”? Go figure.) Watchers from the outer room at the voting venue suggested that the radio host is expected to now go on a bragging tour, in addition to his Twitter feed, and most likely embrace Carnevale to his show, some suggested. Others expressed mostly sadness at the passage/flip flop of someone they once respected, but went way too negative on a former friend (Diehl) and was more abusive toward a Christian, pro-life Lyons than they had ever seen him against any Democrat. Either way, people were talking, and it was not favorable, at least amongst those who did not support Carnevale nor the host’s failed candidate, who several noted had bragged to the Boston Globe about having voted for Hillary Clinton.
The 35 people listed below (out of 37 votes) are those who either endorsed, expressed, or otherwise indicated that they would be voting for Carnevale. The vote took place by secret ballot, so it is possible that someone on the listing may have changed his or her mind and voted for Lyons.
Speculation on the other two names continues, and when we get a firm in-the-eye confirmation, we’ll add them to the listing.
PEOPLE WHO ENDORSED/EXPRESSED/OR OTHERWISE INDICATED THEY WOULD VOTE FOR CARNEVALE:
|Fifth Middlesex||Caroline||Colarusso||Nominated Carnevale|
|Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth||Colleen||Maloney|
|Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden||Robin||Almgren|
|Middlesex & Worcester||Brian||Burke|
|Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden||Mike||Case|
|Worcester & Norfolk||Ryan||Chamberland|
|Plymouth & Norfolk||David||Collins|
|Second Bristol & Plymouth||Brock||Cordeiro|
|Cape & Islands||Will||Crocker|
|Cape & Islands||Judy||Crocker|
|Plymouth & Barnstable||Jennifer||Cunningham|
|Bristol & Norfolk||Angela||Davis|
|Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex||Shawn||Dooley|
|Plymouth & Norfolk||Janet||Fogarty|
|Second Middlesex & Norfolk||Janet||Leombruno|
|First Middlesex & Norfolk||Tom||Mountain|
|Norfolk & Plymouth||Matthew||Sisk|
|Worcester & Middlesex||Susan||Smiley|
|First Bristol & Plymouth||Patrick||Stanton|
|First Bristol & Plymouth||Nancy||Stanton-Cross|
|First Plymouth & Bristol||Mark||Townsend|
|Second Bristol & Plymouth||Jill||Ussach|
|Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex||Michael||Valanzola|
NO SHOW: Jay Barrows, expected to vote for Carnevale.
Concluding Line Received by Broadside After the Vote:
“We have vengeful criminals with the minds of children about to take power at the MassGOP,” one conservative activist wrote in the wake of the vote. “They are the pot calling the kettle black and calling Jim Lyons the very thing they are doing.”