The Massachusetts Republican Party is Mitt Romney’s home base and tonight in Worcester party leaders will meet to decide whether to adopt Romney’s national Republican Party platform as their own.
In June, members of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee voted to place a discussion of the national platform on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting. According to the Boston Globe, Republican leaders will hold an up-or-down vote on adopting the platform shaped by Romney and approved last month at the Republican National Convention. [Boston Globe, 9/11/12]
There can be no doubt that the national Republican Party platform belongs to Mitt Romney. The document outlining the Republican vision for our future was written at the direction of the former governor’s campaign. When the platform hit the floor at the Republican National Convention, Romney’s delegates flexed their muscle and voted down every attempt to make substantive changes to it. [Los Angeles Times, 8/20/12]
There is also no evidence that leaders of the Massachusetts Republican Party objected to any part of Mitt Romney’s platform. In fact two party leaders served on the national Platform Committee: Rachel Kemp, who was elected Regional Chair at the June meeting, and state Rep. Jay Barrows.
The national Republican Platform was written at Mitt Romney’s direction and endorsed by the Massachusetts delegation, yet the possibility remains that Massachusetts Republicans will reject Romney’s platform tomorrow night. Has Mitt Romney’s agenda strayed so far to the extreme right that his friends back home are afraid to embrace it?
We’ll see tonight.