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Conservative Republican Shakes Up Massachusetts Governor’s Race

The following is from the Mass Resistance site. It shows what can be done even in the most liberal states. It also shows that not all Republicans are conservatives. There are a lot of RINOs in the political jungle.

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In what can be considered the greatest Massachusetts pro-family victory in many years, Pastor Scott Lively shocked the GOP establishment (and the liberal media) at the Massachusetts State Republican Convention of the 2,300 delegates, held on April 28 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Lively clinched an official nomination for governor by receiving 28% of the convention vote against the current GOP governor, Charlie Baker, who is running for re-election. Lively will now run in a primary against Baker on Sept. 4. He accomplished this despite a massive effort by the GOP establishment to keep him from getting on the ballot. His speech before the convention (see video below) was a barn-burner that went right at the Governor.

Over the last four years, Governor Charlie Baker has become beloved in the liberal press but has been a nightmare for the GOP conservatives. Baker is enthusiastically pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, anti-Trump, and brags about “working across the aisle” with the Left.

Just of a few of Baker’s outrages:

  • He released a campaign video supporting “gay marriage”.
  • He filled much of his administration with liberal Democrats.
  • He signed the transgender “bathroom bill” into law.
  • He raised over a million dollars to unseat conservative members of the GOP State Committee
  • He announced that he would provide funding for Planned Parenthood if they lost federal funding.
  • His state budget included $1.4 billion to fight “climate change.”
  • He refused to meet with Vice President Pence when he was recently in town.
  • And much more.

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All the while, Baker has been openly hostile to conservatives while friendly to liberals of all stripes.

Lively jumps into the race

Many remember that Scott Lively also ran for Governor four years ago as an Independent. He received only about 1% of the vote. But he got his feet wet, participated in some candidate debates, and a lot of people got to know him.

Back in December, Scott Lively announced that he would run against Charlie Baker – this time as a Republican. Massachusetts needs conservative principles, and the Massachusetts GOP needs to be sent a strong message, said Lively. (See the website.) He was quickly welcomed by Republican activists across the state.

But getting on the Republican ballot is not easy. Besides getting the state-mandated 10,000 signatures, a Republican candidate for statewide office must also get at least 15% of the votes of delegates at the annual GOP convention. Many have failed at that. The GOP establishment is known for using sleazy tactics to keep conservatives off. Four years ago Mark Fisher barely squeaked by after the establishment tried to cheat him out of votes, but MassResistance videoed the count proving he actually made it. (Our video ended up costing the GOP $240,000 to settle Fisher’s subsequent lawsuit over it.)

Huge effort to keep Lively from getting 15% of the convention vote

Both the Baker campaign and the Mass. GOP establishment wanted the Governor to avoid having a primary opponent, especially someone as articulate as Lively. But they also knew there is great dissatisfaction and anger at Baker from conservatives.

So the Baker campaign embarked on a large, expensive campaign to persuade delegates to vote for him – or at least reject Lively by simply “blanking out” the ballot. Mailings, phone calls, personal pressure, etc. – including a vicious under-the-radar effort to discredit and demonize Lively personally. It lasted right up until the vote at the convention. We have rarely seen anything like it.

A barn-burner speech by Lively

When it came to giving their convention speeches, the Governor spoke first. It was a fairly standard (and boring) stump speech, re-tooled a bit for the more conservative crowd. He talked about what he considered his accomplishments over the last four years and how he differed from the Democrats who control the state. He claimed credit for the economic turn-around. He never referred to Lively, either directly or indirectly.

Then Scott Lively spoke. He was on fire (being a pastor helps with that)! He held nothing back. He lit right into the Governor. He talked about the terrible failings of the current administration and its liberal direction. When Lively talked about his support for President Trump he got loud cheers from the audience. He talked about his conservative vision for Massachusetts compared to the RINO-like GOP establishment. As his banner at the convention says, Lively is “Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Business, and Pro-Trump.” He exhorted his supporters not to “blank out” their ballots, but to vote boldly!

VIDEO of Scott Lively speech before Mass. GOP Convention

To read the rest of the article go to Mass Resistance.

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