Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
Republican politics have been somewhat ignored the past few years, with a Democrat super majority in both the Massachusetts House and Senate and all of our statewide and federal offices currently held by Democrats.
It comes as no surprise that, in July of 2013, the Democrats passed, without debate, an enormous anti-small business tax that directly affects Bearskin Neck in Rockport, the great shops on Main Street in Gloucester; the beaches of Manchester; and the restaurants in Essex. In fact, our own local state representative, Democrat Ann Margaret Ferrante, voted for this tax.
This could have been predicted, given that Rep. Ferrante has voted over 99 percent of the time with her Democrat house leadership, showing no independence for her constituents on Cape Ann.
Despite all of this, I feel the best I have felt in a long time about the future of our party. This may come as a surprise to some, but not to our current leaders of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Kirsten Hughes and Chanel Prunier, both in their 30s, are bringing a new perspective to Massachusetts Republicans.
Kirsten Hughes, elected to chair the Massachusetts Republican Party in January of this year, and Chanel Prunier, elected to Republican National Committeewoman after former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey resigned in May of this year, both have an incredible passion for building our party and keeping all politics local.
Over the past few years, I have come to know both our new leaders very well. Both have an amazing passion for our party and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They know how to win elections, and both have the knowledge and experience to take Massachusetts Republican Politics to a new level. You can learn more about them on our website www.CapeAnnGOP.com
The Republican Party has a lot of work to do, but with our new leaders, a grip on social media, and a strong pro-job message that resonates with the hard working people of Cape Ann and Massachusetts, we can have a successful 2014 and begin to balance Beacon Hill.
Without Republicans on Beacon Hill, there will be more and more one-sided politicians who demonstrate no independence and no accountability. As we have seen over the past 30 years, with this formula, everyone in Massachusetts loses.
The best days for the GOP are ahead, and I am proud to be part of the future of our new party.
Chairman, Gloucester Republican City Committee