As you may know, there’s a real barn-burner of an election going on across the aisle right now. Bob Maginn, having “not heard the voice of the Lord calling [him] to seek reelection as chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party,” stepped aside. Who will fill the void?
IN THIS CORNER … Scott Brown’s hand-picked choice: Kirsten Hughes. Hughes was a mid-level staffer on Brown’s failed Senate campaign, and is also a sitting Quincy city councillor. She recorded a video in which she outlines her qualifications and vision for the job of chair. Unfortunately, she misspelled “enthusiasm” in the video, detracting somewhat from the professional polish she’s trying to convey. UPDATE: that error was apparently deemed bad enough that the video has since been taken private; only this screenshot survives in the public domain. Hughes has since re-released the video without the misspelled words; you can see it at this link.
And yet, despite the misspelling, that video is a lot better than the first version she recorded, which is just embarrassing
, yet for some reason remains visible on YouTube. UPDATE: I found version 1 earlier today on Hughes’s YouTube channel. Version 1 has since been taken down, but fortunately BMG’s super-high-tech video replicator (a/k/a my cell phone) got it first.
Brown has strongly endorsed Hughes, yet many elected officials (including some closely linked to Brown such as Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk)) and State Committee members have endorsed Hughes’s opponent, suggesting that Brown holds little influence within the party despite his high name recognition and approval ratings.
AND IN THIS CORNER … Rick Green, a businessman and head of the Mass. Fiscal Alliance (whatever that means). Green recently appeared on Jeff Kuhner’s show on WRKO, and pulled off what many would consider impossible: he made Kuhner sound like the reasonable one in the conversation. Check out this rant from the beginning of the segment – entirely unprovoked by any question from Kuhner.
Wow – “union thugs.” And the “Democrat party.” Talk about sticking to the bad ol’ Republican playbook of demonizing working people and blaming others for your own problems. Amazing – the more that strategy fails, the more committed people like Green seem to be to trying it again. Hey, knock yourself out, Rick – as long as you guys stick with the failed strategies of the past, you make our job much easier. UPDATE: I asked Dan Winslow via Twitter whether, since he has endorsed Green, he also endorsed Green’s “union thug” theory of Democratic superiority in Massachusetts.
So far no reply, despite Winslow’s usually swift Twitter response time, but I’m sure he’s been very busy of late. You can read our back-and-forth at this link; basically, Dan has refused to answer the question.
So, those are your choices. It’s going to be close – as of now, Green’s and Hughes’s endorsement pages show an exact 28-28 tie among the listed State Committee members. If you had a vote, which one would you pick?