Lyons has votes to remain Mass. GOP chair
Baker forces fail to elect enough supporters
THE MASSACHUSETTS GOP released unofficial results on Friday indicating conservative Jim Lyons should have enough support on the 80-member state committee to continue as chairman of the state Republican Party.
The state committee races were unusually contentious and bitter this year, with undisclosed amounts of money pouring in to the campaigns. Forces allied with Gov. Charlie Baker sought to elect candidates who would be supportive of his agenda, while more conservative elements in the party rallied behind Lyons. There was also a sharp split between fans of President Trump (Lyons) and Trump opponents (Baker).
A group supporting Lyons used robocalls from Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr to steer potential voters to a website (votereform.org) where they could sidestep the lies of the “Baker-Weld swamp” and find the names of the “true reformers” in the party.
Evan Lips, a spokesman for the Massachusetts GOP, said he had no final tally of Lyons supporters elected to the state committee. He also noted that official results won’t be released by the secretary of state’s office until next week.But Lips indicated Lyons feels he is very secure in his position. “Jim was very pleased with the other night’s results,” he said.
Republicans, who account for only 10 percent of registered voters, are now trying to unite in the wake of a campaign that split them apart badly. Officials said the mending of fences will take time.