State GOP Chairmen Wager Friendly Bet for Super Bowl Game  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
January 30, 2015   

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes and Washington State GOP Chairman Sarah Hutchison have agreed to a friendly wager via Twitter over the results of the Super Bowl Game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Should the Patriots claim victory, Chairman Hutchison will send fresh king salmon to Chairman Hughes. In the unlikely event that the Seattle Seahawks win, Chairman Hughes will send Chairman Hutchison a lobster dinner.

“I have full confidence that the Patriots will pull off this Super Bowl win. I’m looking forward to enjoying that salmon dinner from Chairman Hutchison upon the Patriots’ victory,” said Chairman Hughes.

The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will face off at 6:30 p.m. EST this Sunday.

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Hughes Re-elected MassGOP Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
January 29, 2015   

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245
 

BOSTON–  The Massachusetts Republican State Committee tonight voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Kirsten Hughes as chairman of the MassGOP.

“I look forward to the next two years as Chairman of this Party, and working with our Governor and Lieutenant Governor to bring balance and fiscal responsibility to Beacon Hill.  In my second term, I will implement plans to build upon our recent successes, to grow the ranks of our party, to further strengthen our town and city committees, and to continue to improve our use of data and technology to reach and to inform voters about our outstanding candidates,” said Chairman Kirsten Hughes.

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ICYMI! MassGOP Calls Out Speaker DeLeo For Hypocrisy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2015

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

“Speaker DeLeo’s about-face is yet another example of Democrats on Beacon Hill changing the rules for their own self-interest…”

In reversal, Robert DeLeo opposes term limit
BOSTON GLOBE
By Jim O’Sullivan
1/29/15

“Speaker Robert A. DeLeo told House members Wednesday that he plans aThursday vote to abolish the eight-year boundary on a speaker’s term — even though he was the person who successfully championed that limit in 2009.

“Six years ago, the Winthrop Democrat led the move to establish term limits on his office as part of a wave of ethics reform following the departure of former speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, later convicted on federal corruption charges.

“Representative Garrett J. Bradley, who has served as one of DeLeo’s top deputies and is expected to help shepherd the rules debate Thursday, suggested House members would back DeLeo’s proposal as a way of fortifying the chamber against the Senate and the executive branch, both of which are under new leadership.

“’It’s about the House as an institution and how the House is viewed by our coequal branches of government, in particular the Senate and the administration,’ said Bradley, a Hingham Democrat. ‘And the last thing we need at this point, with all that’s going on, is an individual who’s viewed as a lame duck in the institution.’

“Granting DeLeo expanded power would allow him to continue enjoying the exalted fund-raising perch that helped him pay those bills, without facing the lame-duck status that could inhibit him.

“DeLeo recently refrained from pushing a pay raise for legislative leaders, which would have boosted his pension. Top Democrats said the delay meant that, in order to qualify for the enhanced pension higher compensation would bring, DeLeo would probably need to win two more terms as speaker, the second one in 2019.

“But the vote’s timing also matches uncertainty on Beacon Hill about the capitol’s new power dynamics. The new Senate president, Stanley C. Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, is perceived as being to the ideological left of the House’s recent preferences, and the new Republican governor, Baker, is still finding his political footing after diagnosing a $765 million midyear budget deficit.

“In a May 2009 Globe op-ed column, DeLeo said the term limits had been passed as part of a broader effort ‘in order to restore public confidence in the government.’

“The vote on DeLeo’s proposal comes as members await their committee assignments, which the speaker decides and which dictate salary, influence, office space, and staff size. It is not unheard of for legislative leaders to wield their committee assignment authority to pressure members to toe the party line.

“The rules package DeLeo is expected to submit Thursday will drop the current term-limit language. The House must adopt a new set of internal rules at the beginning of each two-year legislative cycle.

“In a statement late Wednesday, state Republican Party chairwoman Kirsten Hughes said, ‘Speaker DeLeo’s sudden reversal on term limits he once championed smells of hypocrisy. Speaker DeLeo’s about-face is yet another example of Democrats on Beacon Hill changing the rules for their own self-interest and demonstrates a lack of commitment to changing the culture of corruption that led to the indictment of three consecutive speakers.’

“Senior Democrats said they expected opponents to seek to preserve the limits through the amendment process.”

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MassGOP Statement Regarding Senator Edward Brooke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 3, 2015

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

 

BOSTON– The following is a statement from the MassGOP Chairman, Kirsten Hughes in response to the passing of Senator Edward Brooke:

“As we mourn the loss of Senator Edward W. Brooke, we reflect on his multitude of accomplishments and his extraordinary service to both our Commonwealth and our nation. Any one of his single accomplishments would be remarkable, and yet Senator Brooke could lay claim to so many milestones. A decorated war hero, this Massachusetts Republican was a highly respected legislator responsible for shaping our nation’s laws and ensuring equal rights for all men and women.  The Massachusetts Republican Party is proud to have had Senator Brooke as one of our party’s leaders, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

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Kelcourse Secures Victory in the 1st Essex District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
December 4, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

 

BOSTON – Three days of hand recounts in Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury have confirmed Republican James Kelcourse won the election for State Representative from the 1st Essex District by 12 votes on November 4th.

“On behalf of the Massachusetts Republican Party, I would like to congratulate Representative-elect James Kelcourse on his victory. Throughout this campaign season, Mr. Kelcourse worked hard to spread his message and to win every vote,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “Ultimately he won because he ran a positive, issues-based campaign that resonated with the people in the border communities of the 1st Essex District. He is a terrific addition to Beacon Hill and I know he will serve his constituents well.”

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