Save Our State of Massachusetts
What’s going on with the delegates? Last Saturday over 2000 Republicans chose delegates to the Republican National Convention, in what historically included much smaller numbers. The expectation was that “local son” Romney would be the recipient of those delegates, but as Rob Eno of Red Mass Group explains in his blog A Great Day for the Massachusetts Republican Party “Beginning with the State Committee races a new generation of leadership has stood up and said, look at us. . . the libertarian wing, won 17 of the 27 delegates selected at the nine caucuses. . . The establishment is understandably shaken by the turn of these events. With big names like Kerry Healey, and Brad Jones not winning in their home district caucuses. They shouldn’t be. They should embrace the energy of these “new” people and not turn them away. This wing of the party, if treated with respect, forms a dedicated grassroots army. Their leader is working to ensure they stay involved. It is imperative that the establishment leadership finds a way to work with that bridge builder.”
Brad Wyatt, a school committeeman from Boylston is the bridge builder Enos is referring to. Wyatt is an activist who owns the Osgood Bradley Building which Enos says has become a center for conservative activism in Central Massachusetts, and that it has been the “home of Massachusetts Victory efforts for two cycles now”. According to Enos
Brad is the first person to stress that the home of liberty minded people is the Republican Party. It is by his efforts that hundreds, if not thousands, of people changed their party registration over the past twelve years. He understands that after primary fights, it is time to come together to defeat the enemies of smaller government.
Brad Wyatt, today, moved from out of the shadows and claimed his place as a leader of the Party. He represents a new and growing faction, of liberty minded, small government conservatives. Unlike Carla Howell, Brad is an affable gentle face to the liberty movement, who is dedicated to winning within the framework of a two-party system.
The establishment has a choice to make in the coming weeks, be excited about the growth in our party, or circle the wagons. The appropriate choice is to heed Tim Pawlenty’s words, and grow the base of this party by embracing, publicly in word and deed the liberty wing of the party. Onward to November and Victory.
But the establishment does not appear as enthusiastic, and has plans of their own. Keeping up with the count in terms of delegates has been difficult at best, but according to Reality Check, in Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, 19 delegates were chosen to go on to Tampa. Of those, 16 are Ron Paul delegates. All delegates are bound by rules that dictate that on the first round they must vote for Romney. Once at the convention, however, Rule 38 kicks in and requires that the delegates from Massachusetts must vote as a unit which will make what happens at the convention most interesting. See more, especially on “unit rule” , to understand why there might still be a fight on the convention floor HERE: