MASSACHUSETTS ELECTORAL RACE INDEX*
OFFICE
OFFICE
OFFICE
MassGOP Party Chairman
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MASSGOP PARTY CHAIRMAN COMPARISON INDEX
NAME
PARTY
DISTRICT
CANDIDATE COMMENTS
Jim Lyons
Republican
Statewide-Massachusetts Republican Party
Former State Rep (18th Essex), Current State Committee Member (2nd Essex & Middlesex) and local small business owner
Peter Durant
Republican
Statewide-Massachusetts Republican Party
Current State Rep (6th Worcester), former Spencer Selectman and Finance Committee Member
Brent Anderson
Republican
Statewide-Massachusetts Republican Party
Current State Committee Member (Second Worcester) and MassGOP Treasurer, Auburn Town Meeting Member

MassGOP Party Chairman - Statewide-Massachusetts Republican Party
CANDIDATE
Fiscal Voter
Values Voter
Right To Life
Gun Rights
Enforce Borders
Limited Gov.
Support Others
VOTING COMMENTS
Jim Lyons
Republican, Andover, Unelected

YES!

YES! 7

YES! 6

Maybe 1

YES!

Maybe 2

Maybe 3
This candidate has a strong record on right to life, see footnote 6, but does have a tendency to try be all things to all people, see footnotes 1, 2 3 for more information on his votes on gun rights and intraparty spills.
Peter Durant
Republican, Spencer, Unelected

Maybe 4

YES!

YES!

YES!

YES!

Maybe 5

NO!
This candidate tries to be all things to all people. See footnotes 4 and 5 for more info.
Brent Anderson
Republican, Auburn, Unelected

Maybe 9

NO!

NO!

YES!

NO!

NO!

NO! 8
Andersen is the Establishment's hand-picked candidate to succeed Kirsten Hughes as MassGOP Chairperson. Andersen also flirted with a bid to succeed Jen Nassour as MassGOP Chairman after her 2011 resignation, before endorsing Romney Operative Bob Maginn's bid as MassGOP Chairman. See footnotes 8 and 9 for more info.

SPECIFIC NOTES
NOTE NUMBER
SPECIFIC RATING CANDIDATE COMMENT
1
Lyons voted against the 2014 DeLeo-Peterson Gun Grab (good) (H4376), but voted for the 2018 ERPO Gun Grab (GOAL Ratings) (bad)
2
Lyons scores well on immigration and taxes (good), but voted for the 2018 ERPO Gun Grab (bad)
3
Lyons endorsed Chanel Prunier for reelection as MA RNC National Committee Woman in 2016, Ted Cruz in the 2016 Presidential Primary and James Ehrhard in the 2014 State Senate Primary (good) but endorsed the Establishment-backed Joe McKenna (OCPF) for State Rep against his conservative opponent Jesse Limanek in the 2014 18th Worcester State Rep Primary and Charlie Baker against his conservative gubernatorial challengers Mark Fisher and Scott Lively in 2014 (Here and Sphere) and 2018 (The Boston Globe) (bad) respectively
4
Durant has an 80% MassFiscalScorecard Rating (Good), but endorsed multiple override tax increases and oversaw 70% spending growth during his tenure (1999-2011) as a Spencer Selectman and Finance Committee Member (bad)
5
Durant made favorable statements pledging allegiance to the Constitution on his campaign website (About Rep. Durant) (good) but did co-sponsor the 2013 plastic bag ban H696 2013 Plastic Bag Ban (bad)
6
Lyons played a major role in shepherding the 2015 and 2017 Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion ballot question signature petition efforts (good), earned endorsement from (MCFL ) (good) and got a 0% from Planned Parenthood ((Source:VoteSmart) ) (good)
7
Jim Lyons prevented us from having a gender "X" on our driver's license at the end of the last session. He did what was right without regard for his House seat.
8
Andersen seconded Chanel Prunier's 2012 election bid as MA RNC National Committee Woman in 2012 (VoteCoreValues) (good), but endorsed Keiko Orrall against Chanel in 2016 (RedMassGroup), Gabe Gomez against Mike Sullivan in the 2013 US Senate race (Twitter), Charlie Baker (Governor) and David Muradian (State Rep) in their respective 2014 primaries (Twitter), John Kasich against Ted Cruz or Rand Paul in the 2016 Presidential Primary and Baker against Lively in the 2018 gubernatorial primary (Boston Globe). In the MassGOP contested chairman races he endorsed Bob Maginn in 2011 (RedMassGroup) , Kirsten Hughes in 2013 (RedMassGroup) and Hughes in 2017 against their respective challengers (bad)
9
Andersen supported the 2014 Tank the Automatic Gas Tax (Twitter) (good) but also the 2014 Shrewsbury Override (Twitter) (bad)

RATINGS EXPLANTION
RATING
EXPLANATION
Fiscal Voter
A measure of the candidate's fiscal responsibility in voting:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate votes to lower taxes and balance the budget.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate is a tax and spender.
Values Voter
A measure of the candidate's core beliefs on morality:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate supports morality.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate supports the LGBTQ agenda.
Right To Life
A measure of the candidate's stand on the right to life:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate supports the rights of the unborn.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate supports abortion on demand.
Gun Rights
A measure of the candidate's the right's of the people for self-defense:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate supports the 2nd Amendment.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate supports limited gun ownership.
Enforce Borders
A measure of the candidate's stance on immigration:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate believes in enforcing our borders.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate believes in open borders.
Limited Gov.
A measure of the candidate's view on the size of government:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate believes in smaller Constitutional goverment.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate believes in a big government utopian nanny state.
Support Others
A measure of the candidate's willingness to support other values candidates:
  • Thumbs up if the candidate usually supports other candidates that support constitutionalist moral values conservative platform in a primary election and refrains from overtly supporting left-wing values parties (Democratic Party and the Green-Rainbow Party) candidates in a general election.
  • Thumbs down if the candidate usually supports other candidates that do not support their party's constitutionalist moral values conservative platform.
  • Mixed if the candidate's endorsement body of work includes a relatively even mix of supporting constitutional moral values conservative candidates and non-constitutional moral values conservative candidates in those applicable contested primaries.

RATINGS KEY
Total values candidate
Mostly values candidate
Leans either way
Mostly
non-values candidate
Total
non-values candidate
Unknown or incomplete
Questions and Answers:
  • What is a "Values Candidate"? - A Values Candidate is a candidate who believes in and supports values by their words and deeds, and has demonstrated that if elected, will carry this ethic with them into service in public office.
  • What are "Values"? - In this case, "Conservative" Values; but, this term has been very much purposely maligned and misrepresented.
  • A Conservative is NOT a backward self-righteous fundamentalist racist bigot, as socialist advocates would have you believe.  Using this moniker is as absurd as pinning a false label on someone who is not what they are, and attacking them on that false basis.
  • A Conservative is someone with common sense, like the common sense to know that if a candidate up for election were to promise the voters a free "chicken in every pot" from the government, that that politician is actually promising to raise the taxes of some to redistribute their stolen wealth to others to pay for it.
  • A Conservative recognizes that a nation cannot exist without some form of government, but wish to have that government only be as large as it needs to be to carry out its minimal function, facilitating the maximum liberty of the individual.
  • A Conservative believes that individual rights are more important than collective rights, or this country will no longer be a republic, but become a lynch mob democracy of two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.
  • A Conservative agrees with John Adams when he said that "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  This is because voting to steal from others to support socialist programs by raising taxes is not the mark of a moral or a religious person.
  • A Conservative believes that moral and religious (specifically Judeo-Christian) principles are what made this country great, what will make this country great again, and what will keep this country great.

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