Oh Gawd, Here We Go Again!

Posted January 17th, 2013 by Iron Mike

I went to the MassGOP Chair forum in Lexington tonight.  I went to watch, to listen, and to judge.Lexington Forum 17 Jan 13
I didn’t stay for the end – I didn’t need to.  OK, so I’m a judgmental old bastard, – combat and command will do that to a man.  

For better or worse, I now render judgment:

I sincerely wish I could report that we have three sterling candidates.  We don’t.  We have just ONE.

David D’Arcangelo is a good enough fellow from Malden – where he is a city counselor.  To his credit his opening salvo stressed the need for an urban strategy – and Republicans better listen to him on that.

But, he makes excuses for where we lost races – without really addressing the obvious shortfalls, – and he in running on his ability to compromise.  Damnit – we’re not going to win the respect of independents until we stop compromising – and stand for Republican principles.

Kristen Hughes is a long-term Merrimac Street volunteer and insider, once sang for Disney, was a key part of Scott Brown’s losing campaign, and was just elected to Quincy’s City Counsel.

Her shortfalls are several – first and foremost she is almost a clone of Party Chair Barbie.  She does not command respect, and still has a little girl voice and giggle.  John Walsh will eat her alive.

Her opening salvo – and first several answers were like cliché soup – and she used a lot of them.  

My eyeballs finally rolled when she said she’d heal the divides within our party with a Unity Summit.   OMG Kristen WTF do you think those quarterly MassGOP Committee meetings are supposed to be?  

So what are you going to do – toss some Pixie Dust and wave your magic wand?  By that point folks, – I was visualizing both John Walsh and Deval Patrick tossing her back and forth like a rag doll – or a Barbie Doll.

A logistical issue she cannot overcome is being a brand new mother.  There is no way she can repair and rebuild our shattered party while caring for an infant.  Any feminist who says otherwise hasn’t given birth, – or gave her baby up for adoption.


I’d heard good stuff about Rick Green.  He turns out to be far better than I’d anticipated.  He has built his business from nothing to a $74 million / year enterprise employing over 100 people.  That says a lot right there.

Here’s the BEST PART!  He instinctively and easily talks like a Republican!  

He has a state-wide plan, – something that Nassour and Runty Maginn never did.  He knows we need to re-establish our brand! 

He’s willing to serve a minimum of 6 years [3 terms] – AND promises to leave a trained crew in place when he departs.  At THAT point my judgmental old mind was made uphe’s not in it for personal glory – he’s in it for his Country and his kids! 

He’s the only natural leader in the race.


Packed Hall right sideHughes brought with her a large Scott Brown cheering section.  To her this is a campaign – winning is important – and the fingers of Scott Brown are very visible.  

I hope to GOD we don’t become a Scott Brown party, – or we’ll be under 10% by the end of the year.

I confronted Vice-Chair Momma Kangas again about the MassGOP’s lame website, and what did the MassGOP have to say about either Obama’s gun-grabbing or Deval’s gun-grabbing and insane budget – or his plan to make Heffernan a judge.

I got a smart-assed answer “I’m the Vice-Chair, – I’m in charge of the vice!”  Jeanne, I told you I’d quote you if you didn’t give a thoughtful response.

Muffy was there.  Her fleeting 10 seconds on national TV have come and gone – nobody is cozying up to her.

Packed HallMy state committeeman Brian Burke,…wasn’t there.  No surprise.

There was a goodly under-30 crowd.  Maybe there’s hope.

The two state committee old-timers Helen and Sandy managed to pull the usual trick – holding the event in a room too small [they said they couldn’t get a school gym or auditorium?] – so the room was stuffed beyond what the Lexington FD would have allowed – it they’d seen it.

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If you live in Massachusetts – you better be on the horn to your two Committee Critters – and have them vote for Rick Green.  Otherwise it will be more of the same frustration and heartbreak, and more lame excuses after each election.

Here is the video filmed by the Valley Patriot:  h/t John

11 Responses to “Oh Gawd, Here We Go Again!”

  1. Michael W Dane

    You sum it up well. You missed the Scott Brown love fest that all three chimed in on though, it was hard to sit through. I left this event pretty disgusted though not as much so as the last State Committee meeting.

  2. Leo The Lion

    I don’t know D’Arcangelo (like the name though) but I’ve seen Kirsten Hughes in action both before and after sundown and I know Rick Green well.

    In my view, one would have to be brain dead, living in an alternative universe, or so indebted to Kirsten for past favors bestowed (which may be Scott Brown’s case) not to see Rick Green as far and away the superior candidate.

    But the grip of the bourgeoisie is vise-like, and there are still a significant number of Mass GOP State Committee members who regard their participation on that Committee as an exercise in upward social mobility and who take their marching orders from a thoroughly discredited GOP establishment (you know who you are).

    We’ll see on the 31st whether a yearning for change and victory can finally overcome social climbing and stasis.

    Good luck, Rick!

  3. Don Ordway

    Rick Green has a great story in his rise to power with his $70M business. I am not sure how he did it was it something that he began on his own out of his gararge with $15K? He definately has a one year learning experience in his future. He pointed out that he drove 10,000 miles last month. He is spending too much time in his car and needs more boots on the ground. I wish Dean Caverreta was still in the race, he could hit the ground running and so could Paul Adams. Nothing replaces experience.
    All candidates gave the impression that we should be more like the Democrats. Does that mean giving more money away? Democrats are certainly not elected to save the country. Republicans have to be more like Conservatives in order to outline party differences. We should be exposing the Democrats as they do us.

  4. Alan Linkevich

    Hi Mike: I’m am asking you my question with all respect and sincerity intended. How much did Green pay you for the endorsement? Because he has bought most of his others. Being “disabled” I cannot support a Libertarian for anything.
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    Not a dime Al. I’d never met the man before a brief ‘Hi’ and a handshake last night. After all these years I thought you knew me better than that – I can’t be bought – period!

    If you have facts to contribute to the discussion – this is a good place.

  5. RR

    Mike, An excellent report as usual. From room size to open forum to insider candidates, little has changed. It’s a shame the same-old, same-old MassGOP never wavers, never varies. Laudable traits if things are going well. But they’re not. Not well at all. So, here we are at another crossroads for our party and it looks like they’ll barrel on through, choosing same old hacks, the same tired focus, the same losing proposition.

    If I had a chance to vote, I’d certainly choose Mr Green. I saw him at FMG a month or so ago and was extremely impressed. Not just by his estimable credentials as a businessman, but, more so, by his zeal and desire to transform the MassGOP into an organization that can get results. Who knows, his attitude might just attract another generation . God knows we need an infusion of something different. rr

  6. Gene Pinkham

    I’d like to vote for Rick Grcpreen but my name has been mysteriously dropped from the Malden Republican City Committee.

  7. Sam Adams

    Only State Committee members have a vote for Chair.

  8. Lonnie Brennnan

    I was looking to see unity, but every time Kirsten opened her pretty mouth, she divided the room. Folks can watch the video and see.

    As for her being a self-proclaimed “fresh face”, she’s a Merrimack Street insider’s insider. Please, I was born at night, but not last night!

    Oh, as for David: most of his performance was great, as expected. Emphasis on the word performance. Stay tuned, if you didn’t catch it in the video, look again: he was in a love-fest with his ‘opponent’ Kirsten. Looks like another bag job.

    Rick was much better than expected. The other two didn’t even have a clue what he meant by an air-game. But, remember, Kirsten is pretty, blonde, hey, can’t be all that bad….but ladies, watch out: she’ll send you to the back of the bus. She’s going to be IN-CHARGE!!!! And do everything Scott tells her to do.

  9. Time For Change

    @ Alan Linkevich
    Rick Green is not remotely a Libertarian. It’s time you and the rest of Scott Brown’s er ah, that is Kirsten’s supporters stop lying through their teeth. And you people ought to make up your mind about what lie to tell.
    According to Kirsten’s website, Rick is known for his “social values,” implying he is conservative ideologue.
    Didn’t you get the memo from the Scott Brown’s desk Alan?
    Or did Scott send out a new memo saying to call Rick a Libertarian.

    Kirsten must think we all have amnesia or haven’t been paying attention. Sure Kirsten you’re not going to be Scott Brown’s lackey! We believe you. That’s why Scott Brown is doing all the arm twisting of State Committee members.

    I suppose it is a good thing that Brown is finally interested in a Massachusetts’ Republican other than himself.
    The only problem is that that he’s only interested in Hughes because he wants to control all Party Resources.

    Oh and your “Rich White Man” line of attack was really “Rich” there Kirsten. We all know Kirsten is just a “coal-miner’s daughter.” I guess she’ll be asking a whole lot “Rich White Men” to step down from their positions if she ever gets elected Chair.

  10. Jim Buba

    Never too late. I was there and didn’t need to be there to hear any of them talk. I went to see the circus outside, to munch on somebody else’s food and drink and to be seen.

    I’ve been to dog-and-pony shows before. The announcements following the notice of resignation was pretty much all I needed to decide.

    There was a chance that somebody might have said something that would cause me to reconsider or change my mind.

    A very small chance-percentage actually. Time to make it work.