Archive for January 2009

Nassour elected chairman of Mass. GOP

January 28, 2009

Congratulations to Charlestown attorney Jennifer Nassour, who  was elected chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party yesterday. The Mass. GOP issued the following press release announcing her election:

The Massachusetts Republican Party announced today that Jennifer A. Nassour was elected as chair of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee on a platform of strengthening the party’s grassroots, fund raising and communications.

Nassour pledged to be a full-time chair and lead a resurgence of the MassGOP by harnessing the energy, dedication and spirit of Massachusetts Republicans and expanding outreach to unenrolled voters. MassGOP Chair Jennifer Nassour said, “The Massachusetts Republican Party is blessed with great strengths, including dedicated and impassioned activists, accomplished and willing fundraisers, and principles that ring true and clear with Massachusetts voters. Together, we will grow this party from the grassroots up, building a strong base from which we can launch winning campaigns.

“The MassGOP will continue to be the voice for common sense and honesty in the Commonwealth. By promoting and defending our values, we will generate new voters, new resources and a new day for Massachusetts Republicans,” added Nassour.

Nassour replaces outgoing Chair Peter Torkildsen, who stepped down after a two-year term.

The Honorable Peter Torkildsen said, “I congratulate Jennifer on her victory. She has many years of experience helping Republican candidates and she is committed to returning two-party competition to Massachusetts. I look forward to helping her in any way I can.”

“All Republicans in Massachusetts owe Peter a debt of gratitude for his service as an elected official and as steward of the party. We wish him well in his future endeavors and hope to continue to benefit from his experience and wisdom,” concluded Nassour.

Nassour’s comprehensive plan for rebuilding the Massachusetts Republican Party includes focusing on the traditional aspects of a strong party – grassroots, fundraising and candidate recruitment – while also increasing the use of technology to connect and communicate with voters. Her plan also calls for cooperating with New England and national Republican organizations and building connections with like-minded civic organizations.

Nassour, 37, is a Republican State Committee member from Charlestown and is Of Counsel to Consigly & Brucato, P.C., in Milford. Nassour is an accomplished fundraiser and a veteran of Republican politics. As a fundraiser for both political and charitable causes, Nassour has raised more than $1 million. As a state committee member, she has been an active supporter of Republican candidates up and down the ballot, and she served as finance director for the Grabauskas for Treasurer campaign.

Nassour earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 2000. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in political science from C.W. Post University. Nassour and her husband, C.J. Brucato III, live in Charlestown with their two daughters.


South Shore Republicans meet to discuss rebuilding state GOP

January 24, 2009

Milton Republican Town Committee Chairman Richard Pilla addresses attendees at the recent South Shore GOP Summit

While Democrats were jubilantly celebrating Barack Obama’s inauguration last weekend, Republicans from across the South Shore gathered in Hingham not to commiserate over the November elections, but to plan for the revitalization of the Massachusetts GOP.

The “South Shore GOP Summit,” held January 17 at the 99 Restaurant in Hingham, brought together nearly 50 Republican town committee chairs and members from nine South Shore communities to hear from elected state Republican leaders, including Sen. Robert Hedlund, Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Brad Hill. The event also gave attendees an opportunity to hear from Jennifer Nassour and Mike Franco, who are candidates to become the next state party chairman of the Mass. GOP. The Republican State Committee will elect a new party chairman January 27.

“This was a great opportunity for local Republicans to meet and discuss how we can revitalize the Massachusetts GOP,” said Richard Pilla, chairman of the Milton Republican Town Committee, which co-sponsored the event with the Quincy Republican City Committee. “It was also a chance for local Republicans to share their concerns and ideas with our elected Republican leaders as well as the people who will be leading the party for the next several years.”

In addition to calls for greater communication and collaboration between the Mass. GOP and local town committees, attendees expressed a desire to redefine what it means to be a Republican.

“For too long, Republicans have allowed Democrats to define us instead of defining ourselves,” said Jennifer Logue, chairman of the Quincy Republican City Committee. “It’s time for the GOP to take back ownership of what it means to be a Republican by offering a positive alternative that voters can embrace.”

Logue said that summit attendees plan to continue meeting regularly to coordinate Republican activities across the South Shore. For more information or to get involved, visit or e-mail