On Saturday January 10th the Massachusetts Republican Assembly will convene in Worcester for our Biennial Election of Officers.
Vote Core Values would to proudly add our endorsement to the growing number of impeccable Conservative individuals and organizations that have endorsed Mary Lou Daxland to be the next President of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly(MARA).
Mary Lou has been called the “Glue that keeps MARA together.” She’s been involved in the organization since 2009 and has done the hard work to help build Local Chapters and the State Organization. She currently holds the office of National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) National Committee Woman. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, the icing on the cake.
We could attempt to list all of her accomplishments, but others before us have shared many of Mary Lou’s significant contributions , that we’d like to share some of their their beautiful words.
Ms. Sharron Angle:
(2010 Nevada Senate Candidate and President of NFRA in a receent letter addressed to MARA Members said — Note this is not an official endorsement simply a statement made.)
…your National Committeewoman ,Mary Lou Daxland, who has represented you well at the national level and has been a tireless servant in creating a thriving MARA….
The Honorable Geoff Diehl:
(MA State Representative — Conservative/Reformer and lead spokesman for the Tank the Gas Tax Ballot Initiative)
Mary Lou Daxland has been a friend and ally in the work I’ve set out to do to reform state government and I am proud to endorse her for President of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly. From her tireless work on the repeal of the indexed gas tax to her ongoing ability to marshal teams of volunteers, to support conservative candidates and initiatives, I can’t think of anyone I could rely upon more to lead such an important organization, especially at a time when our state needs the work ethic and values of MARA the most.
(State Committeeman–Conservative Leader on State Committee–Chairman of the Tank the Gas Tax Ballot Question Committee)
In politics, there are two kinds of people. Those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk. It takes no more than a literature drop in the rain, signature gathering in the cold, or a door knocking expedition on a long, lonely country road to come to that realization. It is a lesson quickly learned, but not quickly forgotten…
And do not forget that in her words to Endorsement Conventions, Sharron Angle reminds us that we should always be inclined endorse and support those who have a history of accomplishment. Mary Lou Daxland is all about getting things done.
I first met Mary Lou back in 2011. At that time, I had become convinced that we needed a comprehensive plan to get good Republicans elected to the Republican State Committee. Mary Lou was at our first strategy meeting in Southborough, our last meeting, and every meeting in between. When others faded into the background, or moved on to other things, , Mary Lou was always there. She sought out candidates from east to west, and never stopped working until we did the impossible. We became the most effective voting bloc, the most dominant voting bloc and the most feared voting bloc on the State Committee. Having head manned the effort, I can tell you without reservation that our gains on State Committee never would have happened without the insight, political judgment, networking capability and perseverance of Mary Lou Daxland.
But that was only the tip of the iceberg. In the Sullivan signature drive, Mary Lou was at the forefront. The effort required 10,000 signatures in just a few weeks. Conservatives got over 30,000, with Mary Lou leading the charge. Then came her efforts to secure good participation in events to help grow the coffers for MARA. K Carl Smith, Huckabee, and the like. All designed to raise not only money, but raise awareness of MARA as well. All done with Mary Lou’s leadership and dedication.
The Steinhoff special election got the attention of the MA GOP, and was one of the things that brought them to the realization that MARA was a force. Coupled with the gas tax signature drive, Mary Lou’s leadership and hard work had the State Committee finally acknowledging and applauding MARA in their meetings. Not because of what we said, but because of what we did. Incredible! The common thread in all of it was Mary Lou.
But what separates Mary Lou is more than just hard work. It is that Mary Lou eats, breathes, and sleep MARA, to the point that she motivates others to be involved. She unites others in the cause we all believe in. She knows people, and the people she knows want to work with her and for her, because of her sincerity and love for the cause.
In all of my involvement with MaryLou, I have never known her to miss a Board Meeting, a Conference call, or even a Conference at National. Every time I called her and asked her for help getting a conservative caucused in for State Committee, to attend or support a fundraiser for a conservative, or the like. Mary Lou was always there. And going forward, she will always be there. I am honored to call her a friend, and I enthusiastically endorse her for president of the Republican Assembly.
The Jazz Patriot:
( The Jazz Patriot is run by Tom Wholley: Citizen Journalist, Bible Believing Christian, Constitutional Conservative, and US Navy Veteran Blogging For Life, Liberty, And The Right To Own Private Property)
She [Mary Lou Daxland]] joined MARA in 2009 and began hosting and organizing successful fundraisers for conservative candidates, one of MARAs primary responsibilities including a successful fundraiser at her home in Westport, MA in 2010, for Congressional Candidate Earl Sholley. It was such a success that she continued sponsoring annual summer fundraisers at her home in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, enabling many conservative candidates to run for offices at the grass roots level as well as for Mark Alliegro, who ran for Congress from the 9th Congressional District, and missed winning the GOP Primary by a meer 526 votes….
….A tireless worker, during her tenure as Vice President of Chapter 4, founder and President of Chapter 9, she co-authored the by- laws for Chapters to be organized under the US Congressional District Maps. In 2011 she re-worked the membership under the New State Redistricting Guidelines and helped Chapter 6 organize. In 2013 she helped organize the Statewide Officer Election and was elected herself to the position of National Committeewoman in recognition of her dedication to MARA and her knowledge of policies and procedures. During her tenure one of the most common phrases heard at MARA chapter meetings throughout the State is … “I don’t know, let’s call Mary Lou.”
We recommend you read the entire Jazz Patriot Endorsement.
(State Committeeman, Former MARA Chapter 5 Vice President, 2012 Republican State Senate Candidate, and well known Conservative Activist).
…This Saturday is [MARA’s] annual convention where they will hold elections for new leadership. I wish all candidates running for MARA offices luck, Godspeed, and blessings. Of the two candidates running for President of MARA I will only say that I respect both of them for their hard work and it would have been difficult for me to choose which one to vote for as I admire them both so very much. However, Mary Lou Daxland would most assuredly have gotten my vote because she is an amazing tour du force whose energy is endless in our shared conservative causes and for conservative candidates. She has opened her home and her heart on countless times for all of us at one point or another including the person who is challenging her for the Presidency of MARA.
My fellow and former MARA brothers and sisters, humbly, respectfully, and with great appreciation, I ask for you to please vote for Mary Lou Daxland as your next President of MARA this Saturday in Worcester. I hope you all have a great day and I will sorely miss being there. God bless you all.
Much more can be said about Mary Lou and her service to MARA. Indeed most of the quotes are just small excerpts from rather lengthy endorsements.
Most importantly, Mary Lou has been repeatedly endorsed by a plethora of rank and file MARA members. It would be it too long to list them all… But suffice to say Mary Lou has been endorsed by the following MARA Chapters….. Chapter 3,4,5, and 9. That is 4 out of 7 Chapters. 2 Chapters 1 & 6 did not endorse anyone and Chapter 2, Mark Fisher’s home Chapter decided to endorse Mr. Fisher.
Mary Lou’s list of accomplishments and contributions to MARA and the Massachusetts Conservative movement are many indeed, so many that if you read all her endorsement, you might not get to half her resume. We won’t attempt cover all the specific activity she’s been involved in since 2008…. But We’d be remiss if we didn’t at least list some of the candidates that she in some way shape or form volunteered her time talent and treasure to, or participated in an effort to recruit.
State Committee Candidates:
Steve Aylward—Tim Sullivan—Horace Mello—Marie Bergeron—Mark Bergeron—Deb Martel—Sheila Mullins—Alex Veras—Mike Farquar—Georgan McGaha—Robert Cappucci—Francis Stanton
Mark Swan (late in 2012 — caucus to replace the late Bill Nickerson)
In addition Mary Lou personally supported many conservative incumbent State Committee members in 2012 re-election bids, including but not limited to Linda Rapoza and Bill McCarthy.
Conservative Candidate for Federal Office:
Earl Sholley—David Steinhof—Mark Aliegro
Candidates for MA Statewide offices:
Mark Fisher (Work includes but not limited to securing the endorsement of the Westport RTC, distributing signs, and dropping 3,000 pieces of literature.)
Kamal Jain (2010)—Patricia Saint Aubin (2014)
Keiko Orall—David Steinhof—Dan Allie––Claudette Joseph—Jeff Bailey
Robert Cappucci—Ron Beatty—James Erhard
In addition Mary Lou was instrumental in seeing the follow candidates received MARA PAC Contributions in 2014.
Mark Fisher––Mark Alliegro—Robert Cappucci—Dan Allie—Jim Ehrhard—David Steinhof—Jeff Bailey.
We’d like to say a few words about Mark Fisher. Vote Core Values gave Mr. Fisher stellar ratings across the board on the issues during his bid to first win a spot on MA-GOP Primary Ballot and later during the Primary Season. We did so even though he struggled to clearly express his views on Abortion and Marriage. While professing to be Pro-Life, he stated the issue needed be resolved by changing the culture and not by changing the law. This could have easily been interpreted Prima Facia as being a pro-choice position. Likewise on family issues, he professed to support traditional marriage. Yet he told the Dedham Wicked Local that he opposed allowing marriage to be defined by the voters at the ballot box. Nevertheless, Vote Core Values gave Mr. Fisher the benefit of the doubt. We believed then as we believe now, that he is genuinely Pro-Life and Pro-Traditional Marriage. His inability to clearly articulate his position on these critical conservative issues, were chalked up as first time candidate missteps, not knowing how to handle the media, and simply just being “green”…but all time being truly principled.
We still believe Mr. Fisher is truly a principled conservative. But he still remains green. Therefore we Vote Core Values cannot support him for the position of President of MARA, which is a political organization. Being MARA President requires a great deal of Political Savvy along with being extremely principled.
As the campaign continued Mr. Fisher proved himself to be solid debater and an even better, downright inspiring speaker. Mark has a unique ability to orate majestically and poetically about God, Family, and Country…. about the Patriots at Lexington Green and Bunker Hill. But running a Political Organization requires much more than inspirational meter. It requires knowing the ins and out of running campaigns, developing cogent strategies that effectively communicate our message and principles, not to mention win elections. It requires a track record of recruiting, developing, and supporting candidates. While Mr. Fisher has some experience in this area, it is not sufficient to warrant entrusting MARA into his hands. And certainly his political resume is dwarfed by record Mary Lou Daxland can claim.
Mr. Fisher has thus far proven that with some more work and further polishing he can be a successful candidate, should he seek an attainable office. He certainly has the main ingredient we as conservatives seek. He’s honorable and principled… the rest will come. But being a potentially successful candidate for public office, doesn’t make someone the savvy, experienced activist that the position he now seeks requires.
We certainly are happy that Mr. Fisher is enthused about remaining involved. Some politicians would walk away and lick their wounds after such devastatingly huge primary loss. But Mark is dedicated and principled. We just believe he should have sought a different role where he could further develop his understanding of campaigns and activism while he served MARA in another capacity.
Mary Lou Daxland won’t need on the kind of on the job training Mark Fisher would need. She is indeed ready now to lead and serve MARA as President. She’s been a proven leader in MARA since 2009, starting at the bottom and working her way up.
Therefore Vote Core Valuers strongly urge all delegates to the 2015 Biennial MARA Election Convention to vote for Mary Lou Daxland to be the next President of he Massachusetts Republican Assembly.