As you may know, MA GOP chairman Bob Maginn decided not to run for reelection to his post because, in his words, “I have not heard the voice of the Lord calling me to seek reelection as chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party at this time.” This is a pity, since Maginn presided over one of the greatest shellackings the Mass. GOP has seen in a long time – exceeding even the blowout of November 2010, when they lost every federal and statewide race but at least managed to pick up a few state rep seats.
Anyway, to my knowledge, the two major candidates for the post are Kirsten Hughes, a Quincy city councillor and former Scott Brown mid-level campaign staffer whose candidacy Brown has enthusiastically endorsed, and Rick Green, a business owner and GOP state committee member who also runs an outfit called the “Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.”
Interestingly, Brown’s endorsement of Hughes appears to having almost zero impact among the GOP’s elected officials. Green has just announced a number of endorsements from Republican elected officials, whereas Hughes’s sole endorsement from a sitting elected official (aside from Brown, who won’t be sitting for long) is State Senator Richard Ross. Even more interestingly, one of Green’s endorsements is noted BMGer Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), who served as Brown’s chief campaign counsel and who was advertising Brown as a headliner at his fundraiser just a couple of weeks ago. Et tu, Dan?
It would seem that the state’s most prominent elected Republican and “de facto leader of this party” doesn’t hold much sway over his less famous colleagues.