For John, BLUF: Turns out George was right. Nothing to see here; just move along.
City Life Host George Anthes likes to say there is the Cliff Krieger Wing of the [Republican] City Committee and the Mary Burns Wing. I have always found this a bit laughable, given that Mary Burns is a member of the Ward 3 Republican Ward Committee.
On the other hand, reliable sources have told me that, last week, Ms Burns called into WCAP and said that indeed there was two wings to the Lowell Republican City Committee, something she confirmed to me at the Party on Thursday for Candidate Jordan Gys (Wicked Irish Pub).
I think that this goes to a much deeper issue. That is the question of the difference between the Down Town [Boston] Republicans and the Grass Roots Republicans. The question of who the Governor is supporting for State Committee positions and who are being supported by the folks out in the hinterland.
For some in the hinterland there is the concern that the direction in which the Downtown Republicans are leading the party is toward a more "moderate" brand of Conservatism. For instance, rolling off the Pro-Life plank in the party platform. Of course, the proof will be in the pudding and we are a couple of years off from the next State Party Convention. Between now and then there will the Presidential elections and we will see how the nation and the Party goes.
Monday will be interesting. And, Ms Mary Burns will be elected to the Ward 3 Committee and I will be elected, I hope, to the Ward 1 Committee. Then the position of City Chairman will be up for voting some 35 days down the road.
Regards — Cliff