The Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA) and Sharron Angle, former candidate for United States Senate and President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) proudly endorse Daniel Grayton of Methuen for Republican State Committeeman in the First Essex Massachusetts State Senate District (including Methuen, Haverhill, Newburyport, Merrimac, Salisbury, and N.Andover Pcts 1-4).
Both MARA and the NFRA are dedicated to reforming the Republican Party and giving the grassroots a greater voice in the policy and direction of the Republican Party. Daniel Grayton is dedicated to this same mission. In that spirit he has signed “The Real Republican Reform Pledge.”
Daniel Grayton is running for an open seat on the Republican State Committee. His opponent, Shaun Toohey of Haverhill, is a former school committee member. He has declined to sign the reform pledge.
As an organization committed to fiscal responsibility, MARA is also concerned about media reports from 2014 regarding Toohey’s failure to pay taxes. A lien was placed on his home, pending payment of back income taxes.
“We believe that individuals of high moral character should be chosen by the voters to serve on the Republican State Committee,” opined Mary Lou Daxland, President of the Republican Assembly. “Already the state committee is under a cloud after settling for hundreds of thousands of dollars with former gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher due to improprieties at our 2014 state convention. Voters should pass on Shaun Toohey due to his own prior scandals.”
Toohey has been endorsed by the Baker-Polito administration. As such, MARA is concerned that should he be elected, Toohey will be focused only on the needs and wishes of the Governor’s office, rather than focusing on the Party as a whole, to build Republican Town Committees, recruit candidates, and promote issues of importance to the grassroots
MARA poses the question: What will Shaun Toohey do when faced with a choice of what is good for the district and the wishes of Republican voters in the district v. what is asked of him by the Governors’ office? Will he be an independent voice, or do what he is told?
MARA encourages the media to pose these questions of Toohey.