I don’t recall Republican Karyn Polito being a fire-breathing right-winger during her time as a State Representative. Further, she ran a fairly credible campaign for Treasurer, ultimately losing 55-45 after a mini-scandal over specialty license plates, among other setbacks.
Despite her 10-point loss, she has remained a visible ambassador for the Massachusetts Republican Party, including helping out with Gabriel Gomez’s outreach to women. It’s rumored that, despite her 10-point loss in 2010, she might be considering another run at statewide office in 2014; and, given MassGOP’s short bench, she could probably walk to a statewide nomination.
Of course, one of the challenges Massachusetts Republicans have faced is being tied to a far-right-wing national Republican Party. For instance, even though former State Senator Richard Tisei’s personal platform was relatively moderate, Democrats succeeded in tying him to the national Republican Party, the Tea Party, and Speaker John Boehner, who a Congressman Tisei would potentially support, arguably validating the strategy.
Given that Massachusetts Republicans largely have to shun the national Republican Party – and most definitely the Tea Party – in order to have a shot at victory for Constitutional or federal office in the Bay State, who can explain this event coming up on August 15 in Stoughton?
The “Citizen Patriot” Award was created in 2012 to honor great American’s who truly represent the principles that this country was founded on – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
No single individual is more deserving than our inaugural recipient, LTC, Congressman Allen West. Join us this year as Allen passes the torch to another individual who represents the essence of “We the People”, former Massachusetts State Representative, Karyn Polito.
For those who may not recall former Congressman West of Florida, he was one of the most vocal members of the Tea Party, having been elected to Congress in the 2010 Tea Party wave. He was then voted out of office in his first re-election bid in 2012. West offered up numerous offensive and embarrassing moments during his two-year tenure. Among the highlights:
As an Army lieutenant colonel, former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) was relieved of his command, fined $5,000 and eventually allowed to retire in order to avoid court martial for allegedly abusing a prisoner in Iraq. Upon entering Congress, West emerged as one of the body’s top Islamophobes. He also compared food stamps and Social Security to slavery, opposed early voting as an “entitlement,” claimed 80 House Democrats were “members of the Communist Party,” and called Obama supporters a “threat to the gene pool.”
This is who will be “passing the torch” to Karyn Polito. Maybe Polito intends to never again seek elected office. Maybe she does, and just hopes no one will care that she’s standing shoulder to shoulder with a divisive, delusional right-wing extremist like Allen West. But for a state GOP whose chances at success have been predicated in part on distance from the national GOP, events like this aren’t helpful. If Polito does decide to run for office in 2014, I wonder if she’ll invite former Congressman West to stump for her.