The last time we saw Rick Green on this blog was the last day I was a member of the GOP Mr. Green after losing a very, shall we say interesting election for GOP party chair urged his supporters to forget what had happened and get behind the new GOP chair and the party.

Five years later Rick Green in running in my district for congress and has a new ad out

Now Green has an uphill battle, the conservative center of the state has been carved into as many different districts as possible to dilute the vote and the anti-Trump left is mobilized.

On the plus there is the Trump economy benefiting the entire region and President Obama helpfully reminding voters of how times were before Trump and activating GOP activists who already fondly remember Green. Finally Green is not only is he contending for an open seat but the recount in the 3rd district race has the potential to divide Democrats come election day.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has officially ordered a district-wide hand recount in the 3rd Congressional District.

The recount comes after Democratic candidate Daniel Koh filed a sufficient number of signatures to request the recount.

Under state law, the boards of registrars in each city and town in the district must now set a date to recount all Democratic ballots cast in their communities in the Sept. 4 state primary. The recount in each municipality must be completed by Sept. 17.

Candidate Lori Trahan is claiming a 122-vote victory in last week’s Democratic primary race against Koh.

No matter how the recount turns out, someone is going to be angry.

And finally there is the exceptions game, this seat is under everyone’s radar in a year when Democrats are feeling good about themselves

Just like 2010.

I haven’t had a lot of time to watch this race I wouldn’t be surprised it it doesn’t end as some people expect.

We’ve got to stop being the stupid party.

Bobby Jindel 2013

Sire you risk having no Spain at all

El Cid 1961

A few hours ago at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick Mass where the GOP was poised to elect a chairman, the Republican party managed to do something so incredible that if you told me it was possible at the beginning of the night I would not have believed you.

After opening speeches, nominating speeches, and two excellent presentations by candidates Rick Green and Kirsten Hughes the 80 members of the local party committees took their vote, and this happened.

Yes you saw that right , the party actually disallowed a ballot for Rick Green marked “RG” because of course the intent of the committee member was to vote for the late World War 1 French Fighter Pilot Roland Garros giving Kirsten Hughes a 39-38 win with two abstention and one ballot disallowed.

And Yes, it took a committee member making a public objection for this mendacity to be revealed to the outrage of the assembled public (heavily supporting Greene) and the embarrassment of that public revelation for said ballot to be counted and a 2nd ballot to take place.

I commented thus

Believe it or not it got worse.

When the 2nd ballot was completed but before the votes was counted a motion was made to reconsider the allowing of the RG ballot to the absolute astonishment of the audience. It took some loud debate and audience reaction for the gentleman who proposed the reconsidering of the initial vote to withdraw it.

After the votes were counted the outgoing chairman asked Rick Green to announce the results, which was a victory for Kirsten Hughes. After very brief remarks Ms Hughes immediately moved for the adjournment of the meeting while activist shouted for the vote total that was not announced. Eventually she announced the vote 41-39 Hughes. As the balloting was secret we don’t know if it was just a question of the two abstaining members going Hughes or several votes changing.

While a lot of people I trust deeply have wonderful things to say about Chairwoman Hughes and she certainly not only carried herself graciously to all she spoke to, but was kind enough to grant me what was likely her first on camera interview as GOP chair

the reactions of some of the activists present after the vote were bluntly not what you would want after this kind of event.

Others, while more conciliatory still bode ill

The Democrats couldn’t have paid for a better result, Ms Hughes has her work cut out for her.

I’ll have the rest of the videos I shot up tomorrow morning but I’ll leave you with this.

In September of 2010 in Washington DC I interviewed tea party activists at a huge rally at the Capital and asked this question:

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up

Now you know why.

Update: The remainder of my videos:

Interview Pat Barron just after my arrival:

Interview Marty Lamb before initial vote

Pan of the Room before the event:

Vice chairwoman before votes

Kirsten Hughes nomination seconded:

Rick Green Nomination seconded:

two videos pending

Kirsten Hughes campaign speech

Rick Green campaign speech

Update 3: Can you say “Cause and Effect?

I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me,” he said.

“That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election,” Brown concluded.”

While I think this is the right move for Brown I wonder if the reaction to yesterday’s….interesting GOP committee election had anything to do with it?

BTW Apparently the NHGOP isn’t doing much better on that unity thing:

We have to divide the party in order to unite it (Jim Foley’s rant from the podium, and Wayne MacDOnald’s attack on bloggers.)
We have to hide the vote count in order to prove we won (Both candidates for chairman were sworn to secrecy, and the delegates were not informed of the actual votes – news trickled out later)
We have to vote without a quorum to ensure the result is fair (Votes for area chairs were suddenly called during lunch break)

and the Grok People explain our function.

Yesterday in Gardner at Williams Restaurant I attended the GOP party forum with two of the candidates for party chair Kristen Hughes and Rick Green in attendance

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A pretty good crowd turned up, snow not withstanding:

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I talked to some of Kirsten Hughes supporters just outside of the restaurant:

Then did a pan of the crowd:

The format was an opening statement by each candidate Rick Green

then Kirsten Hugues

Then came the Q & A with questions submitted in advance, the moderator was Former Ma3 candidate Jon Golnik. Continue reading “Gop Party Chair Forum Kirsten Hughes vs Rick Green”