Watertown RTC to Nassour: “NO Confidence”

Posted December 8th, 2010 by Iron Mike


The Watertown RTC has just met and voted “NO Confidence” in the leadership of MassGOP Chairwoman Jennifer A. Nassour [aka Party Chair Barbie].  

Ms. Nassour has only her own ambition and her own arrogance to blame.  The November election results have humiliated and angered most Massachusetts Republicans, certainly all the traditional and conservative ones.  So the uprising begins.


 December 7, 2010

It is the opinion of the duly elected members of the Watertown Republican Town Committee, that:


  • During Ms. Jennifer Nassour’s 2-year tenure as State Chair, enrollment in the MA GOP has declined to an all-time low of 11.34 %. Yet during these same 2 years, renewed interest in conservative, constitutional principles has re-invigorated the Republican Party nationwide.


  • As newly elected Chair, Ms. Nassour, arbitrarily and without a vote or consensus of the State Committee, announced in an interview granted to a radical left-wing publication that our Party would pursue new a policy, which abandoned important core GOP principles. Subsequently, under Ms. Nassour’s leadership and with her approval, the GOP State platform was altered, striking references to deep-seated Republican values, which are non-negotiable planks of our national platform.


  • Despite Ms. Nassour’s bizarre pronouncement and abysmal performance, Scott Brown managed an amazing upset victory in January 2010, with the assistance of the Tea Party and the conservative Republican base. Rather than building on the incredible momentum and enthusiasm of this coalition, Ms. Nassour adopted an irrational strategy of appealing to the ultra-radical elements of the Democrat party, alienating the Republican Party’s conservative base.


  • Ms. Nassour continued the failed strategy of past election cycles, diverting the vast majority of resources to a marginally Republican Gubernatorial candidate. She virtually ignored congressional, statewide, and local races. The end result: While Republicans were swept into office nationwide in 2010, Massachusetts Republicans sustained unacceptably poor election results, including but not limited to, defeats in every statewide constitutional office race, as well as every congressional race.


  • Ms. Nassour neglected to give a reasonable explanation for her failed strategy or adequately address any of the above issues, at the November 17th 2010 State Committee meeting. There also, Ms. Nassour failed to make available detailed accounting of expenses and contributions made to individual candidates by the MA GOP.  However, Ms. Nassour incredulously took unmerited credit for GOP gains in the State Legislature. Truth be told; these victories by conservative candidates came about with little if any assistance from the State GOP. Moreover, most if not all of these candidates ran as true conservatives. This was in stark contrast to the Gubernatorial candidate who adopted Ms. Nassour’s strategy of appealing to the ultra-liberal element of the opposition.


  • As presiding officer of the same meeting, Ms. Nassour was caustic, condescending, and combative towards any Republican in the audience, whether member or non-member, who attempted to voice his or her displeasure with the election results. In addition, in order to stifle dissent and to prevent any discussion that might expose committee members honest concerns, Ms. Nassour employed arcane, undemocratic, and slick parliamentary maneuvers.


  • Finally, in a move that is symbolic of everything that is wrong with the MA GOP, Our State Committee squandered monies for an exaggerated festivity at a lavish hotel to hold a meeting that could well have been held in a less ostentatious setting; all the while two Republican candidates were in dire need of funds to help with recounts.

Since it is the opinion of the Watertown RTC that the poor election results were due in great part to the feckless leadership and failed strategy of the State GOP spearheaded by Ms. Jennifer Nassour, it is the consensus of the duly elected members of Watertown Republican Town Committee that Ms. Jennifer Nassour is not competent to fulfill the duties of the office she now holds, and that her unabashed public belligerence towards the party’s conservative base makes her continued service as Chair untenable; 

Therefore, be it resolved:

  1. That on this the seventh day of December in the year of our Lord 2010, the Watertown Republican Town Committee does hereby express a vote of “No Confidence” in the Chair, Ms. Jennifer Nassour, and calls upon her to immediately resign her position.
  2. That the Watertown Republican Town Committee hereby asks the State Committee Persons who represent the Second Suffolk & Middlesex State Senate District, Ms. Elizabeth Mahoney and Mr. Robert Semonian, to pledge their vote for a party chair who supports the entire national GOP platform and who can heal the wounds incurred over the past several years, and consequently bring a now ‘fractured’ Republican Party together for a common purpose.
  3. That should either or both of our State Committee Representatives fail to make this pledge and follow through on it, it will be the stated policy of this committee to actively seek and support candidates to run against them in the 2012 primary.
  4. That until new leadership is in place, this Committee will make no contribution, financial or otherwise, to the Mass GOP, and will discourage any and all individuals, whether member or non-member, Republican or Independent, from any direct contribution to the Mass GOP.
  5. That this resolution be immediately released to the various media outlets upon passage and that a copy be sent to the following:

            Ms. Jennifer Nassour, MA GOP State Chairperson
            Mr. Ron Kaufman, MA GOP RNC Member
            Mr. Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

            Signed this Seventh Day of December 2010 


            Steven W. Aylward
            Watertown Republican Town Committee
            Watertown, MA 02472

 Watertown Republican Town Committee
Watertown, MA 02472

6 Responses to “Watertown RTC to Nassour: “NO Confidence””

  1. John

    What a joke Steve Aylward, the chair of the Watertown Republican Town committee is. He is trying to deflect from his own incompetence and ineffectiveness. Town committees exist for 2 reasons – to increase Republican voter registration and to identify and support individuals from their towns to run for office. Steve Aylward did neither. And of course, whose fault is that? Why, the chair of the state party, of course! Watertown Republican voter registration dropped from 1,873 in 2008 to 1,683 in 2010 under Steve Aylward’s leadership. FAIL. Did Steve Aylward and his Watertown Republican Town committee identify anyone from their super awesome organization to run for state representative? Nope. FAIL AGAIN.

    He complains about how the Mass GOP spent its money, but of course, how much money did he give according to OCPF reports? $0.00. He is very good at telling folks how to spend other people’s money. Sounds kind of like a socialist to me. And he calls on people to not give money to the Mass GOP until there is new leadership. Well, Aylward has never given a dime to the party, even before Chairman Nassour was in power What was his excuse for the last 10 years of lack of support for the Republican party?

    The simple fact is that Mr. Aylward has failed at his leadership task in his one town and is trying desperately to fend off questions about his own ineffectiveness. He should resign and let new leadership that knows how to do the simple task of being a town committee chair for Republicans.

    All Mr. Aylward is doing know is attacking Republicans and doing the work of Democrats. Republican voter registration has decreased in Watertown, and there are no Republicans running for office from Watertown, and there is no support from for the Republican party which has elected 22 new state representatives on Beacon Hill. The Democrats have exactly who they want in charge of the Watertown Republican Town Committee.

    Steve Aylward is a failure and should resign immediately.

  2. John DiMascio

    Note: the Resolution posted here is a draft and not the one the passed overwhelmingly 15-0 with 3 abstentions. The only changes are one word that was changed as well, we added Ms. Jodie Dow to the list of those we would send it to.

    Now let’s set the record straight. When Steve took over the RTC, it was laden with the Country Club set that didn’t want to life a finger or say anything that offended anyone. In fact that were all as spineless as the “no nothing” above who doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to put his full name to the nonsense he writes.
    Steve turned the RTC around; he got some activists involved. He got some real Republicans to take the place of the Country Club set and RINO’s who had turned the committee into a do nothing, cheese eating bridge club.
    Under Steve’s leadership, members of the RTC, together with other conservative citizens, got involved in municipal politics. This group, which I directed, focused on keeping our Town Council for adopting insane measures that were being constantly proposed by Moonbat Councilors. We defeated successfully unseated these councilors. We also fought off a ballot question that would have put a 2% surcharge on our property tax. We ran the first serious Republican challenge in the 29th Middlesex in decades against Rachel Kaprielian. We lost the election, but in the process we exposed her campaign contribution foibles and soiled her reputation. So much so checked out A.S.A.P. when Deval offered her a job as Registrar.

    All of this would not have been possible if Steve had brought new blood into the committee.

    I could go on, but this is not about defending Steve Aylward or the Watertown RTC.
    Oh and by the way, I (John DiMascio) authored that Resolution, I introduced it, and I stand behind it. So maybe John (too spineless to reveal who he is) can come after me next. Let him Google my name if he likes. If he finds my old columns written for the Watertown TAB, he might learn something about being a conservative and standing for something. And he might learn a little something about putting his name to what he writes about people.

    As I was saying this isn’t about standing up for the Steve, or the RTC, or Me. It’s about Nassour. Notice that our spineless friend doesn’t defend Nassour’s actions. He doesn’t because he can’t. Nuff said!

  3. John DiMascio

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  4. Steve Aylward

    John – You are right. I am a joke. I am a joke for staying in a party where where the Treasuer can tell state committee people that expense details are unavailble to the members. I am a joke for staying in a party that has the only computer system in America that cannot export expense detail into an Excel file. I am a joke writing a check to Gerry Dembrowski (GOP candidate vs. markey) for $100. I am a joke for writing a check to Jim Dixon (state rep gop candidate Waktham) for $50. I am a joke for writing checks to Seam Beliet for $100, and to Scott Brown for over $500. I am a joke for writing checks to Perry, Baker, Polito, et al. Yes, I am a joke.

    I am a joke for helping Keith Mercurio in his Watertown State Rep campaign against Kaprielian a few years back. I am a joke for given up hundreds of hours on my time and many hundreds of dollars to help run and help his campaign. I am a joke for serving as the School Committee chair in Watertwon AS A REPUBLICAN and having myself and my children attacked for standing up for true republcian values.

    I am a joke for getting my committee to work to defeat the CPA tax in Watertown.

    I am a joke for going on Cable TV consistently on local programs and getting out the GOP message. I am a joke because when I do, I see nobody else there or in any other towns doing the same.

    I am a joke for staying in a party where people who want to speak in opposition to the party line on Nov 17th are silenced. And mostly I am a joke for have the courage and the decency to use my real name on a blog.

    Last night, Gerry Dembrowski came to our meeting and he raved about our Town Committee. He told us that of every committee he met with in US 7th, ours was far and away the best. Ours was the most supportive, did the most work, and was the one to whom he will always be thankful for jump starting his campaign. Jim Dixon reiterated his praise. And by the way my committee supported Dembrowski, Beliat and the Question 3 folks with financial support. Oh and by the way, I contributed $100 to that.

    A common tactic of the left and RINO’ is to attack the messenger, and not debate the content. While I xpect this, it is always disappointing. I am a big boy, and I know that actions have consequences. But the very real fact of the matter is that if we had said on November 1st that the objective was 17 house seats, it would have been perceived as laughable. So to lower the bar after you could not jump it is fair to nobody.

    I do not know Ms. Nassour. From what I know she is a nice person. But what I do know is that in politics when you lose, you resign. You do not change the expectations after the election.

    If as I suspect the party is fractured, then at least a good deal of the party will not follow her leadership. It is somewhat natural, which is why people resign.

    Through all of this I have come to realize that the problem with our continued losses is not the people, it is the party. When Brown controlled the message he won. A clear message, a united front, and a leader who EVERYBODY wants to follow is the key to the future for our party.

    By the way, the vote on the resolution was 15 for, none against, and three abstaining. But just to be on the safe side and in keeping with your concerns, I will at the next meeting allow a motion for my resignation. If the members pass it, I will step down gladly. It is the proper thing to do. I would have hoped this openness to the opposition would have been apparent on November 17th at the Marriott.


    Steve Aylward
    Watertown Town Committee Chairman

  5. John DiMascio

    You no Steve, Spineless John, as we shall not refer to him, sounds an awful lot like the the Feckless Robert Semonian with his accusations regarding contributions to the GOP.

    I gave $500 the limit allowed by Law to Keith Mercurio’s Campaign. This year, I’m not working due to an injury sustained during surgery. I’m living on a nominal fixed income, until I am whole again and can return to work.
    But I still cut 3 small checks of $25 to Jim Dixon, Sandy Martinez, and Gerry Dembrowski. And I gave Gerry’s campaign as much time as I could considering my health.
    I would contribute to the State GOP, but in he past 10 Years, the GOP has given us Muffy the RINO and Charlie the Liberal Democrat. Prior to Nassour, we had another RINO by the name of Torkelson running the party.
    I can’t remember the last time the State GOP looked or acted like the Republican Party. So Nassour is just the latest.
    The difference being is Nassour is on a mission to purge the party of Conservatives. She’s on the war path and is doing it with a vengeance. And she’s doing a great job of it; witness the 11.34% enrollment. We aren’t losing the moderates, we are losing the base.
    Last night someone mentioned that if we want a Republican Governor we need to give to a Republican candidate. I repeat now what I said last night. As soon as there is a Republican running for Governor again, I’ll cut him or her a check!!!
    If Charlie Baker is a Republican, than I ought to be the Dean of a Charm School! And Muffy, please don’t insult me. And you know I’m starting to wonder about Mitt. Cause he ought to have being doing something about this crowd on Merrimack St. if he expects REPUBLICANS to vote for him in this state.

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