MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICAN PARTY CAUCUS VOTE UPDATE
After the first two of at least five planned caucus votes swept conservatives into empty seats, the establishment former Charlie Baker wing of the Massachusetts Republican Party apparently was determined not to lose three in a row, so they pulled out the big guns: Howie Carr, Sheriff Tom Hodgson, and others, all of whom had certain messages for would-be voters, to convince them to vote for the anti-Trump, anti-conservative wing of the MassGOP. Go figure, right!
The vote, held Tuesday night, April 11, 2023, was 29-26 with a non-Trump-supporting, non-Geoff Diehl-supporting candidate besting a Tea Party conservative to fill an empty seat on the Massachusetts Republican State Committee (the 80-member governing board of the Republican Party in Massachusetts)
However, a winner was not declared.
Five additional votes were not tallied at the caucus, so a winner announcement must wait. Instead, these five votes were marked “provisional” and “sealed” – not to be considered until the JUNE meeting of the MassGOP State Committee, because the MassGOP was unable to confirm that those five votes, all presumably for the conservative and against the Baker Democrat faction of the Republican Party, came from actual members of local Republican Town committees. (Someone goofed on the rolls?)
“That’s not the worse of it,” one attendee shared. “Patrick [the conservative] had three folks who showed up late. They set the caucus down in Canton at the Irish center, and an older couple got lost along the way and showed up late – the place was out-of-district, no, before you ask, I have no idea why they would pick a place out of district. Nice place, but bad move. And, this couple arrived while the caucus was still going on, but the balloting was done, and so they were denied the vote.”
The caucus to fill the abandoned seat was posted to run from 7 – 9 p.m., and some attendees took that to mean that speeches and such would occur, and then the voting would occur, and votes would continue essentially until the “polls closed.” But, that’s not the way it worked out: the room was apparently booked from 6 – 9ish, with speeches kicking off around 7, and by 8 or so, things were pretty much all done.
The caucus results will be addressed at the June meeting. It’s unclear who has the “sealed” five votes nor how they will maintain the chain of custody.
HOWIE CARR ROBOCALL MISS-DIRECTS and TEXT MESSAGES, ETC.
Former Boston-based radio host Howie Carr pushed out a lot of messages to would-be voters in the district, coming in the form of text messages and voice messages. Apparently Howie miss-stepped, identifying the liberal Baker guy as a Trump supporter, and in his voice messages stating that his ad was paid for by that liberal guy. Apparently when asked, the liberal guy, a nice guy, just more of an establishment Baker-boy than a Trump supporter told one attendee he had “no idea” who paid for the ads, he had no contact with Howie Carr, nor any idea about the robocalls until folks starting asking him about them.
Howie’s buddy, former political animal Sheriff Tom Hodgson, the guy who, along with Howie jumped ship and threw all their support to newcomer millionaire Gov. candidate Chris ‘I voted for Hillary Clinton” Doughty – who lost huge to Geoff Diehl, also made robo calls. Source of funding? Unknown at this time.
Ah, but details, just details. Calling an anti-Trumper a Trumper? Seems par for the course in politics today. Some simply speculated that Carr probably just reads a script from whoever pays him, with little to no knowledge of the accuracy of the words. In either case, Howie’s words apparently swayed several fence-sitters who were clued in after the vote – too late to make a difference.
BONUS: We’ll probably print in our next edition certain promises made by a certain state committee member who was offering dinners at a rather expensive grill should certain votes fall certain ways (to the establishment/more liberal guy). Lots of webs here to get into at some point soon. We call this bribery, right?
MEANWHILE, ALL IS FINE ACCORDING TO CHAIR AMY
Meanwhile, the day following the caucus vote, new chair Amy Carnevale issued this statement in an e-mail soliciting funds for the MassGOP: