The heavily #NeverTrump Massachusetts Republican Party is pretending that one of its state committee members still lives in Massachusetts in order to prevent a pro-Trump candidate from running and winning her seat.
NeverTrump Republican governor Charlie Baker’s loyalists are claiming that state committee member Angela Hudak still lives in Massachusetts, even though she moved to North Carolina. The Baker loyalists want to delay a caucus vote for her seat until their preferred candidate is more organized and well-equipped to win the election against a feisty pro-Trump insurgent challenger.
“Angela Hudak moved to North Carolina in the beginning of April,” Dianna Ploss told Big League Politics, referring to the Republican State Committee member in the First Essex and Middlesex District. “Everybody knew she was moving because she’s talked about this for six to eight months…They are trying to perpetrate a charade.”
Ploss, a Trump supporter, wants to run for Hudak’s seat. She points to state party bylaws requiring committee members to immediately inform the party chairman as soon as they move their place of residence.
“I sent an email to [party chairman] Kirsten Hughes a couple weeks ago, then I had to send her a Facebook message” asking to hold a caucus for Hudak’s seat. “I sent [Hughes] a certified letter on Friday and emailed her again asking for a caucus.”
Ploss said that Baker loyalists are pushing Gloucester-based Republican Amanda Orlando Kesterson for Hudak’s seat. Hudak even drove up from North Carolina for a Massachusetts GOP grassroots training session this past Saturday, where Kesterson was introduced as the preferred candidate in a caucus. But Kesterson is not organized enough yet to handily win an election, according to Ploss, so the state party is trying to drag things out. Ploss said that Kesterson’s family “are all big supporters of Charlie Baker.”
Big League Politics called Hudak and asked her if she had moved to North Carolina.
“I have really no comment on this time regarding my state. You’ve caught me at a really bad time. I’m in and out of events right now and you’ve caught me at a really bad time. I have no comment,” Hudak told Big League Politics. Asked again whether she had moved to North Carolina, Hudak hung up the phone.
MassGOP spokesman Terry MacCormack told Big League Politics that “The current state Committeewoman continues to be a registered Republican resident in the district.”
But voter registration does not matter, according to state party bylaws. Inhabitancy does.
“When a Regular Member position is vacant by virtue of no member having been elected, or when a Regular Member dies, resigns, changes party registration, is no longer an inhabitant of his or her senatorial district, or is otherwise no longer a Regular Member, the Chair shall take appropriate steps to verify the existence of a vacancy. Upon verification that a vacancy exists, the Chair shall expeditiously fill the vacancy as follows…” according to Massachusetts Republican State Committee Bylaws Article I Section 3 (emphasis added).
Evidence clearly shows that Hudak moved to North Carolina.
“I am sure by now you have heard the rumor that Angela Hudak is resigning from the State Committee. I want to ensure all of you this is just a rumor and Angela has not resigned at this time. Although she is moving, she is still holding the seat she was elected to until she decides to resign, if at all, before her term ends,” state committeeman Luke Noble wrote to select party insiders and officials in an April 4 email obtained by Big League Politics.
After that email went out, Ploss confronted Noble about the rules violation.
“If Angela was not doing her job as a state committee woman, I would express concerns appropriately. She was elected to the position and the bylaws of the party allow her to keep her seat until she resigns or is up for reelection in 2020,” state committeeman Luke Noble wrote in an email to Ploss last month. “Her personal life and where she ultimately decides to retire is none of my business. Although she is a friend and a wonderful person, I wish her all the best. I hope you put as much effort towards growing the party as you do towards investigating Angela Hudak’s personal life. We need party unity, not division.”
Ploss said that the “charade” all comes down to Governor Charlie Baker, who never supported Trump.
Ploss said that Vincent DeVito, Baker’s campaign legal counsel, did almost nothing to support Trump in his capacity as state chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016 and only made the campaign’s organizational chart in the Bay State one month before the election. DeVito, who did not immediately return a request for comment, recently nabbed a job in the Trump Interior Department for Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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