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.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Blames Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Deaths for Following Order Issued by His Health Department
Cuomo is playing the blame game.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming nursing homes for following an order issued by his health department in March to house COVID-19 patients in the facilities, which has resulted in an explosion of deaths in nursing homes across his state.
“The obligation is on the nursing home to say ‘I can’t take a COVID-positive person,’” Cuomo claimed at a recent press conference – adding that it is the responsibility of the nursing home to say if they are “too crowded,” “too busy,” or if they do “not have enough PPE” to house COVID patients.
“If they say ‘I can’t take the person,’ they can’t take the person so that’s how it works,” Cuomo said.
However, Cuomo is misrepresenting the actual text of the orders issued by his administration. Cuomo did not give nursing homes any choice but to take COVID-19 patients in a move that would go on to earn him a great deal of scrutiny.
“No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19,” the order read.
“NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or re-admission,” it continued.
Unfortunately the Nursing Homes didn’t have a choice. pic.twitter.com/v7pOA46tBD
— David Catlett (@DavidSpacewad) May 27, 2020
Cuomo is deflecting blame after widespread outrage over his administration’s order that has doomed many of the most vulnerable New York residents to painful, miserable, lonely deaths.
Big League Politics has reported about the “blood” that is on Cuomo’s hands for putting the elderly at risk:
The Health Department of New York made a deadly decision on March 25 when it forced nursing homes to take in people who held a positive diagnosis for coronavirus in certain cases.
It was determined by the state of New York that these coronavirus patients were “medically stable,” but in actuality, they were far from stable. They still carried the disease that could be easily passed to others in these crowded facilities.
The New York Post reported that in one particularly morbid case, coronavirus patients were admitted to a nursing home in Queens with body bags accompanying them.
“My colleague noticed that one of the boxes was extremely heavy. Curious as to what could possibly be making that particular box so much heavier than the rest, he opened it,” an executive from the nursing home said to The Post on Thursday.
“The first two coronavirus patients were accompanied by five body bags,” the whistleblower added.
The body bags would soon be filled with corpses as coronavirus swept through the hospital among the most vulnerable population. Thirty residents would die from coronavirus-related in just days after the first COVID+ patients were admitted at one nursing home alone.
“Cuomo has blood on his hands. He really does. There’s no way to sugarcoat this,” the health care executive said.
“Why in the world would you be sending coronavirus patients to a nursing home, where the most vulnerable population to this disease resides?” they added.
Cuomo will never take responsibility for the deadly impacts of his failed public policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
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