For John, BLUF: The Mass GOP is in disarray. On the other hand, the Mass Dems have no new ideas they can sell to Harry Reid.
Today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun had the results of a previous day's poll on "Who will you support in the Democratic primary for US Senate?" The options were US Rep Ed Markey and US Rep Stephen Lynch.
The results were interesting.
- Ed Markey—39%
- Stephen Lynch—61%
I grant you that only 329 people responded to the poll and they are likely readers of The [Lowell] Sun, but readers are more likely to be voters, I would think. Still, a small number.
But perhaps a telling number. Maybe Democratic Party primary voters don't wish to be told who to vote for, as happened in the last Senate race. I kind of liked the other Warren, Setti (fellow Vet), and the Immigration Lawyer, Ms Marisa DeFranco, esq.
In the mean time, the question is what the Republicans are going to do, now that former Senator Scott Brown has dropped out of the race. The Sun has an article in today's edition, as well as an Editorial. They are pushing former State Senator Richard R Tisei.
The Sun also has an analysis by Ms Allison Thomasseau, Statehouse Correspondent, saying the Mass GOP must rebuild from the ground up. From Ms Thomasseau's mouth to God's ear.
From Lowell's State Committeewoman for the Mass GOP we have this, from the article:
But Susan Slade, a 1st Middlesex District GOP committee member, said it would be good to have a young woman leading the party who could reach out to different demographics.Her opposite number, as State Committeeman, Rick Green also talked to Ms Thomasseau:
"Obviously it was pretty close, but I accept the will of the committee. They made a choice and I respect that," Green said. "Now it's all about working with Chairman Kirsten Hughes."From the Greater Lowell Tea Party we have these thoughts:
Green said he saw himself as "an agent of change" and Hughes as representing the party's traditional approach to politics. The two candidates represent the division within the party.
"I'm not surprised, but I'm somewhat disappointed," said Thomas Gilroy, head of the Greater Lowell Tea Party.Remember, the Republican Party in Massachusetts is a very big tent. We have pro-choice as well as pro-life members and we even have a slug of members who want to drop the whole subject and maintain status quo. Of course there is always news reporter George Stephanopolous around the corner, trying to stir up trouble. Why doesn't he ever ask Democrats about their stand on eugenics?
Gilroy said Green would have brought necessary change to the Massachusetts GOP, which has become too moderate for some conservative Republicans.
"There is a certain faction within the GOP ranks that is very unhappy with the current administration, and (the leaders) don't reach out to them at all," Gilroy said.
As a bonus, "The Saturday Chat" had a review of the 1972 John Kerry race for US Representative in the 5th Middlesex, when that was our district. It even mentions the "Watergate Like" breaking.
Back to "rebuilding from the ground up", we will see who shows at the Lowell Republican City Committee meeting this coming Thursday, at 7:00 PM. The meeting never goes past 8:30.
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: Remember, articles in The [Lowell] Sun go away after a while, to a different place. I will not be updating their links unless I am bedridden and have read every book in the house.
Regards — Cliff