Photo courtesy of Charlie Baker 2014
I had the honor of being a delegate at this past Saturday’s Massachusetts Republican Party State Convention at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. The 2,500 delegates voted to officially nominate the following candidates:
- Patricia Saint Aubin for Auditor
- David D’Arcangelo for Secretary of State
- Brian Herr for Senator
- John Miller for Attorney General
- Mike Heffernan for Treasurer
- Karyn Polito for Lieutenant Governor
- Charlie Baker for Governor
The last nomination was the only one that was contested, and has proven to be a source of some controversy (more on that later).
This was my first convention, and it was for the most part an exciting and enjoyable experience. After attending a Women for Baker breakfast, where we heard from the gubernatorial candidate and his wife, among others, I followed the crowd of fellow delegates as we gradually trickled into the arena and sat according to our towns. Sprinkled throughout the seats were large signs bearing the names of districts, such as First Suffolk, Fifth Middlesex, and Cape and Islands. A stage was set up in the middle of the hockey rink, with the jumbotron above and a black curtain behind, closing off half the arena. At 9:00, the BU ROTC color guard presented the flag, along with a fife and drum corps. Then the day began with short speeches by State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, House Minority Leader Brad Jones, State Rep. Keiko Orral, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator (yes, really), and many others. Throughout the day, we also got to watch a moving tribute to Governor Paul Cellucci, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease last year, a presentation about a new campaign program called Mass Victory, and the awarding of the Edward W. Brooke Award to former State Sen. David Locke.