I like many received a few City Council flyers in the mail this past week, here are three samples, can you see what the difference is with the middle one?
Until I listened to George Anthes on City Life yesterday morning, I didn’t notice anything. I got the fact Jordan Gys was endorsed by the Governor, but I didn’t notice his mailing was donated by The Republican State Committee from Boston.
The permit belongs to the RSC (Republican State Committee) which is why the return address is BOSTON and not Lowell like Conway and Yem’s mailings are. (FYI Yem’s was mailed from the printer’s in Worcester)
I wonder if the SUN noticed the first mailing and that’s why this bit of info was in Sunday’s Sun political Column
LOWELL’S DEEP blue in one of the bluest states– that’s not news.
But a look at candidates running in the non-partisan Nov. 3 election shows just how rare a Republican running for office is. Of the 18 City Council candidates, 12 are Democrats, four are unenrolled and only two are Republicans.
The two Republicans running for the council are Jordan Gys, endorsed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, and Joseph Mendonca, a former councilor who has been prioritizing budget oversight. Gys told The Column his party affiliation has played a minor role, and that “a lot of folks involved in my campaign are lifelong Democrats” who aren’t aware he’s a Republican.
So why is the Republican Party getting involved in a local nonpartisan election?
We know Gys often tells us how much he did to assist the Baker Campaign:
Gerry I knocked on well over 20,000 doors. I worked 7 days a week on the Baker Polito campaign. The only time I wasn’t campaigning was when I was sitting in a classroom. After work I’d go home and do school work, sometimes getting as little as three hours sleep a night. My grades felt it bad. I don’t come from a wealthy or political family. I had to out work everyone who’s mommy and daddy had connections.
So is this just a THANK YOU from the State Party?
There had prior to the preliminary, been speculation that GYS was being “groomed” to be the next Republican challenger for Dave Nangle’s seat, should Nangle get an appointment in the Baker Administration (The irony there is Gys already got a job in the Baker administration and would have to give it up if elected). Is the mailing just the Republican Party working on getting out Gys name?
Is this just a case of Gys who according the the OCPF doesn’t have a lot of contributors taking advantage of the offer by the party?
I don’t recall the Democratic State Committee or even G.L.A.D doing mailings for Municipal Candidates. Would they? Should They? Would having municipal candidates declaring a party get more people interested and out to vote?
Is the Republican State Party, desperate for candidates hoping they can begin to form a bench by supporting a collection of municipal candidates to be able to call on them and put them up as challengers for the House, Senate and Statewide Office?
I’m told by a long time Lowell Republican who actually has held elective office that “The State committee has made it known in the past that it could do a mailing as an in-kind contribution. The candidate would have to prepare and provide the mailing list.”
So should Gys be congratulated for taking advantage of a group willing to assist his election or should party politics stay out of nonpartisan municipal elections?