Party Chair Barbie Explains Politics

Posted June 28th, 2011 by Iron Mike

This is MassGOP Chairwoman Jennifer A. Nassour, Esquire, holding forth at a meeting of the Newburyport Republican City Committee.

You ~ may ~ detect a certain attitude in her voice, and then a certain edge.

Please note that on cue she reminds us that she IS an attorney. You may also note that she fails to directly answer questions [perhaps proving that she’s an attorney…].  Given her age, vs the age of many in the room, – I thought she was a bit more than condescending.

I’m still awaiting her answer; – does she have a coordinated statewide campaign plan for 2012?

Do you think she even knows what one is?  I think she’s a poor salesman of our Republican brand.  I’m still unconvinced that she even understands Republicanism.

/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!

6 Responses to “Party Chair Barbie Explains Politics”

  1. whathehell

    She is an Independant party maker. As long as the R’s have people like her in charge. What an Elitist SNOB!

  2. Rabid Republican

    I was there and this video captures very accurately the disdain and unfeeling attitude that MassGOP has toward candidates. Namely, if you didn’t raise millions, don’t talk to us. We’ll throw you a bone (email) from time to time, but we won’t contribute money to your campaign, or help you arranged for notable Rs to visit or speak for you. rr

  3. Wow!!

    It is no wonder that we got spanked this last election cycle. With GOP leaders like her we haven’t got a chance. She sounded like Obama in the way she shifted the blame to those she was supposed to be helping. In a typical political elitist attitude she made it clear that you must pay to play with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

    I hope every freedom loving American will get involved in their local Republican Committee. Together we can change the MassGOP from the grassroots. If we do not do this we will continue to lose our Freedoms and our Country!

  4. Jamison Tomasek

    Note: Ran for State Senate, Lost 25K to 20K w independant (who agreed with me on all issues) getting 2500. I was outspent $395K to $30K. SEIU kicked in another $30K against me.

    I was told by the MassGop in Nov 09 not to expect and help and I got none. They did occasionally return phone calls, but not consistently.

    What candidates need most is money. Apparently the party USED to introduce candidates to big donors. No longer. People in my town gave $5000 to the party, or $500 to Baker and would not return my calls (or even come to the phone).

    You can’t run without $500 donors and connected people directing them to you. It takes you about an hour to get $100 from a regular person and there isn’t enough time in the campaign season to get to $50K or more.

    I don’t think Jen understands the concept of “path to victory.” There should be a map of winnable districts (probably House, maybe some Senate) and they should actively seek to have a good candidate in each and then help them. It’s not complicated if you know the goal.

  5. Jamison Tomasek

    Oh and by the way, the “messages” could have been obtained just as easily by reading Red Mass Group, or even the Herald or the opinion page of my local paper the Eagle Tribune.

    They (MassGOP) also told us to stay away from social issues and that’s impossible for a Republican. Gambling was a big issue in the Merrimack Valley and the party is split on it.

    One area I thought we were screwed was on the 3% sales tax issue. That totally clouded our message (not the MassGOP fault).

    PS I assume all of you know Lonnie Brennan- he knows how to craft a set of messages on topics important to us.

  6. James DuPont

    I watched a few of the videos with Mass State Committee Chair Nassour.

    I have to say that no one in any on the videos I watched seemed to have a clue about building a state party organization – even the detractors of the Nassour.

    Two questions:

    1) What is the policy of the Massachusetts Republican Party on candidate recruitment?

    2) What are the duties and responsibilities of the Republican State Committee elected members to the city, ward, and town committees as well as to duly nominated Republican candidates appearing on the ballot in each state committee members district?

    The answer to the first question is there is no policy on candidate recruitment. There are some banal, glib, generalized statements about ‘supporting’ candidates but nothing – I repeat, nothing on the record stating what the policy of the Massachusetts Rpeublican State Committee is in regard to candidate recruitment.

    The answer to the second question is there is no program for state committee memebers to follow in building the party at the local level nor is there any stated responsibility of state committee members to any candidate.

    Now ask this question of the state chairman when next you see her: Is it or is it not the policy of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee to field a candidate for every office on the biennial state ballot? And, if not, why not, or if it is, what are the criteria for soliciting candidates to run as Republicans and what is the state committee staff specifically doing to implement that policy?

    In several states the Republican State Committee follows what is called the ‘full ballot’ policy meaning that every office on the ballot has a Republican running for it.

    The Full Ballot Policy used by several Republican State Committees has three simple criteria that must be met by anyone wishing to be a candidate:

    1) the person must be qualfied to serve if elected (in most cases that simply means being a registered voter in the district where they’ll be on the ballot);

    2) the person must be knowledgeable about the office they are seeking election to – what are the duties, what proceedures do you follow once elected to achieve your goals, how much does it pay, what is the term of office if elected; what are the limits of the office’s power?

    3) the person must be able to articulate what they intend to do if elected and cite specific issues related to their district or office which they intend to address if elected.

    Now, back to the original question: What is the policy of the Massachusetts Republican Party on candidate recruitment…if Nassour or anyone tells you that there is a policy ask to see it; ask them when was it adopted and ask for a copy of it.

    It doesn’t exist. Never has and never will so long as we keep falling back on the empty rhetoric of ‘unified message’ and ‘harnassing energy’ espoused in the videos I saw.

    You see policies are very different from past practices or general statements of intent. Policies are very specific in what they say, they are written and adopted by vote on a specific date. This has never happened here in Massachusetts – and I have been involved with the State party organization since 1965. For the record, I served on the Republican State Committee from 1975 to 1988 and again from 1996 to 2000.

    Enough for now. Suffice to say in summation that the Massachusetts Republican State Committee has no program for building the party at the local/precinct level nor does it have any coherent plan for recruiting qualified, knowledgeable, and articulate candidates.

    Other than that, they’re doing a pretty good job, wouldn’t you agree?

    Until these questions are asked of our state party leaders (read: state committee members), they will never be answered and we will never be a competitive political force in Massachusetts.

    Next time: Why Deval Patrick will run for the US Senate in 2012 and why Scott Brown will lose. You won’t like that post any more than you liked this one, I have no doubt.