Mike Franco for State Senate 2014! Message Board › We need a new course..
We know, especially in MA, committee Democrats and special interests help their candidates steal elections with their elective process antics. And then continue to rob us in more ways than one after they have won the election.
However, we should also understand how large, elective partisan contests with liberal and "independent" Republican candidates hurts our grassroots effort down the ticket:
1. First, these types of Republican candidates fail to show sound Republican leadership in the appropriate way. Some even run away from the Republican label when it's "inconvenient" to stand by it. Grassroots voters become disgusted, hold back their support, and may even stay home and not vote.
2. Liberal and "independent" Republican candidates get significant help from most of the money interests, the RINO establishment and the media, drowning out the message of grassroots campaigns and their candidates. The huge amount of money raised and spent at the higher level (i.e. Brown v. Warren), further buries our grassroots message.
3. While liberal, "independent", establishment Republican candidates throw many subsets of our base "under the bus", the Democrats are busy holding those candidates to the true Republican standard, calling them phonies and liars, stating they're "not really who they say they are."
4. There's a massive "psychology" to all this. Much of the "left" is deranged. They can behave badly all day long because they don't hold themselves to any standard. But, when they see a Republican wobble, they pounce. Meaning that when Democrats see weakness, they'll push harder and come out stronger.
5. The loony left - tons in MA - will fight (if they're not hung-over) with everything they have as they work up a hateful angst and lather against weak and wobbling Republican candidates up the ticket in regional and statewide districts.
6. Finally, most of the rest of Democrat and special interests follow the trend, and of course here in MA, waves of Democrats and liberal Unenrolled’s will then vote "D" down the ticket.
In summary, the large, statewide and regional, political contests with liberal candidates don't do us any favors. Their campaigns - jamming the (wrong) message with resources and energizing the opposition when they see weakness and hypocrisy in top Republican contenders - hurt viable grassroots efforts and our candidates down the ballot.