MassGOP delegates, candidates, chart new path forward at 2022 nominating convention
May 21, 2022
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SPRINGFIELD — Featuring a theme of prevailing freedom set against the backdrop of a state and nation reeling from toxic Democratic Party policies, the 2022 Massachusetts Republican Party nominating convention saw delegates choose what MassGOP Chairman described as a “roster of bold conservatives unafraid to stand up to the radical left.”
“Our candidates for statewide office are special in that they will offer Massachusetts voters a real choice: Either we continue down this road of woke and broke lunacy or we change lanes and put the Democrats’ inflation, indoctrination, and intimidation into the rearview mirror,” Lyons said following the event. “We’re putting the pedal to the metal, and we think voters will join us for the ride.”
Delegates chose between Republican gubernatorial candidates Geoff Diehl and Chris Doughty, and picked Diehl by a 71-29 margin, which still assures Doughty a position on the primary ballot.
Meanwhile, candidates for lieutenant governor Leah Allen Cole and Kate Campanale finished 1-2, with Cole outdistancing Campanale by nearly the exact same number.
Candidates were required to obtain at least 15 percent of delegates’ votes in order to qualify for the primary in September.
Diehl, the preferred nominee, vowed to rehire every state employee fired under the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate — “and issue pink slips” to those who took away their jobs.
Saturday’s undercard saw uncontested candidates Anthony Amore, running for state auditor, Rayla Campbell, running for secretary of the commonwealth, and Jay McMahon, running for state attorney general, delivering stirring speeches that brought delegates to their feet.
Meanwhile, featured speakers included Florida U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, a member of the House Freedom Caucus; Thomas Homan, acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director under President Donald Trump, and David Bereit, founder of the 40 Days for Life movement.
“The energy for a new direction for Massachusetts is out there, and our candidates are busy tapping into that energy,” Lyons later said. “Between now and Election Day in November, we will be going full-tilt.
“Freedom lies in being bold, and that’s what the Massachusetts Republican Party is and will continue to be.”