South Shore Republicans meet to discuss rebuilding state GOP
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 www.quincymassgop.com or e-mail email@example.com.