A LITTLE bit of democracy died at Saturday’s state Republican convention in Worcester, right alongside the gubernatorial hopes of businessman Christy Mihos. GOP insiders snuffed out both, when they made sure that Mihos fell short of the 15 percent needed to make the primary ballot.Not likely.
So, my understanding of what the Globe editorial writer was trying to say was that the rank and file wanted Christy Mihos, but some Party Apparatchiks snuffed out his chances.
This shows a terrible lack of understanding of the State Republican Party on the part of the staff at The Globe. And, what might be called willful ignorance about businessman Christy Mihos. Mr Mihos left the Republican Party for the last Gubernatorial Race. Why should he be welcomed back with open arms? Quick answer is there is no reason and he thus needs to spend some more time doing penance for his action back then.
But, more strange is the fact that The Globe actually thinks that there is this strong center in the Republican Party, making the delegates toe the line. For my part, while I find our own State Committee Woman, Susan Slade, interested in educating us about what the Party wants, I also don't find her driving the agenda of the Lowell Republican City Committee or Ward 1. I checked with my boss at work, who lives in a different county and has a different State Committee Woman. He too believes that the views of the local people outweighed the opinions of the Party Apparatchiks.
The other thing that interested me was the last paragraph.
Perhaps, but [Democratic Party State Chairman John] Walsh and his Republican counterparts should make that sentiment the rule, and do away with the requirement that candidates need 15 percent to make the ballot.So, it is to be a free-for-all and there will be no criteria for putting people on the ballot? That seems to be the Globe way.
I offer a different approach. Let us get the State Government out of primaries and have the parties pay for primary elections. Primaries are about the parties. Allowing others to vote in the Party Primary dilutes the value of being part of the Party. If they can't afford it, and I suspect that the Republican Party cannot, then we can go with caucuses and conventions.
Maybe, if The Globe actually knew something about the Republican Party in the Commonwealth, and not just the State Committee, it could write better editorials.
Regards — Cliff