SNAP POLL: Massachusetts Republicans Say Ryan Will Energize Campaign

Patch asked their political influencers state-wide to react to the news Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney's running mate.

An overwhelming majority of influential Republicans from Massachusetts say Mitt Romney's choice of running mate Paul Ryan, will galvanize the state GOP: that’s the finding of a Red Commonwealth Snap Poll survey of influential conservatives sent out after Saturday morning's announcement.

When Patch asked Massachusetts Republicans if Paul Ryan as vice president would help undecided Massachusetts voters, the answers were split down the middle with half saying they strongly agree and the other half saying they strongly disagree.

"He is incredibly smart and can convey concepts in easy-to-understand language," one respondent said was an advantage to having Ryan on the Romney ticket.

Others noted Ryan's youth, ability to articulate himself and perception of being a family man as reasons Ryan is a good choice.

"He's an articulate yet forceful proponent of the necessity to dramatically change America's cultural/economic/political paradigm in order to avoid the malaise produced by said paradigm that is slowly destroying Europe," one person answered.

Massachusetts political influencers surveyed said they disagree that Democrats will be able to win against Romney and Ryan by running against Ryan's budget plans and proposal for Medicare.

Those surveyed did agree that the choice would also galvanize Democrats in the state and nationwide.

Those surveyed also noted Ryan will be able to inject new energy into the campaign.

"Paul Ryan will appeal to many more voters in MA than people think. He's smart, relatable and isn't afraid to call out the current administration," one respondent said.

Another person answered: "Ryan's appointment signals that Romney intends to make the 2012 election a referendum on the direction of the country. Either voters choose another four years of European-styled socialism by voting for Obama or they choose to reverse course and double down on American exceptionalism by voting for Romney. Ryan will force the public itself to debate on which way America will go."

Red Commonwealth Survey

Our surveys are not a scientific, random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a group of influential local Republican activists, party leaders, candidates and elected officials in Massachusetts. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in Massachusetts’s Patch’s surveys, although not all responded to this story’s questions.

Patch will be conducting Red Commonwealth and Blue Commonwealth surveys throughout the 2012 election season in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and progressives on the ground in Massachusetts. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in periodic surveys that last just a few minutes, please contact Associate Regional Editor Katie Curley-Katzman at Katherine@patch.com.

Red Commonwealth Survey Roster: Patrick Rahilly (North Andover lawyer), Chris Barrett (former Romney staffer, Lynnfield), Tom Terranova (Lynnfield CPA), Jack Buba (Marblehead Republican Committee), Amy Carnevale (Chair of Marblehead Republican Committee), Sharon Randall (Marblehead Republican Committee), Rosemary Smedile (North Andover Republican), Bernie Green (Medford Republican Committee), Mark Crowley (Medford Republican Committee), David Carnevale (former state senate candidate from Medford), John Dorr (small business owner from Medford), Jim Morse (retired firefighter, Medford), Don Ordway (Tewksbury GOP committee), Doug Sears (Tewksbury Republican), Jeff Stinson (Hamilton selectman, political director for Richard Tisei), Brad Hill (State Representative), Elaine Appel (Hamilton Republican Committee), Harriet Davis (former selectman from Wenham), Randy Hunt (State Representative), Bill Doherty (County Commissioner, Cape Cod), John McCarthy (Peabody Republican), Jarrod Hochman (Peabody Republican), Chuck Holden (Peabody Republican), Scott Frasca (Peabody Republican), Evan Kenney (Republican Caucus alternate, Wakefield), Joseph O'Keefe (Salem city councilor), Tracy Lawrence (Salem Republican), Sean O'Brien (Salem Republican Committee), Todd Siegel (Salem city councilor), George Gerogountzos (candidate for state representative, Stoneham), Monica Medeiros (Melrose Republican Committee), Ted Cinella (Melrose Republican Committee), Andrew Applegate (Suffolk University), Chad Heipler (infrastructure manager), Meg Rowan (Republican), Teresa Perrier (Republican), Katelyn Regan (West Roxbury Republican), Brad Williams (GOP chair), John Golnik (Westford U.S. House of Representatives candidate), Tim Regan (Charlestown Republican), Lisa J. Murray (DMD), Lindsay DiNatale (Charlestown Republican), Ted Owens (Needham Republican), Alan Reiss (Wayland Republican), John Toto (Wayland Republican), Sue Pope (Wayland Republican), Kent George (Wayland Republican), John DiMascio (Watertown Republican), James Ridge (Watertown Republican), Steve Aylward (state committee), Laurie McManus (Watertown Republican committee), Francis Stanton (candidate for state rep.), Gerry Dembrowski (Woburn candidate), Evan Rice (Republican committee member), Dean Carvaretta (Acton candidate for state rep.), Jesse Segovia (Acton Republican), Michael Prisco (North Reading selectman), Bob Mauceri (selectman), Ben Tafoya (selectman), Jim Hatherly (town committee), Nancy Quimby (town committee), Brian McCarty (Sommerville town committee), Peter Nicolas (Marblehead Town Committee), Brad Marston (Beacon Hill Republican), Joe Selvaggi (Beacon Hill Republican), Steven Jeffries (Beacon Hill Republican), Allan Zenowitz (state committee), Vonnie Boyle (state committee), Joseph Zarrella (Braintree, State House intern), Jim Powell (Martha's Vineyard Republican), Krista Lynch (North Andover Republican), Wayne Comeau (Danvers Town Committee), Dan Bennett (Danvers selectman), Val Wormell (Westford selectman), Angel Connell (Westford Republican), McKenzie-Hebert (Shrewsbury Republican), Ken Weisman (Hopkinton Republican), Brian Major (Andover Republican), James Lyons (state rep.), Alex Vispoli (Andover selectman), Paul Adams (candidate for state rep.), Marty Scafidi (Peabody Republican), Dick Gilmore (Danvers lawyer), Tom Weaver (candidate for Congress), Dylan Hayre (Westford Republican), Mario Marchese (Wilmington Town Committee), Dean Cavaretta (state sen. candidate), Philip Mitza (Sommerville activist), Thomas Vasconcelos (state rep. candidate), Richard Wise, (Salem Republican Committee), Michael Morales (Medford committee member), Mary Connaughton (Framingham Republican), Ed McGrath (state committee), James Bonazoli (Reading Selectman), Doug Obey (Westwood Town Committee), Ed Niell (Westwood Town Committee), Frank Herschede (Danvers Republican), Eleanor Hersey (Framingham Republican), Janet Leombruno (Framingham Republican)

James August 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
You know lots about the record industry from what I have read in the Tufts paper. Your paper president needs to be voted out of office.
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Isn't it interesting that when someone points out bigotry they yell "fire" in a theater pointing the finger and saying "race card, race card." Isn't it also interesting those who hide in the shadows and won't use their photo or their name repeat lies that are published by children. Talk about going off topic. Funny thing is - actually it's not humorous, it's quite telling about the liars who won't put their names on their etchings - people who throw mud from the shadows do so because they have no integrity. They' CAN'T put their name out there. The GOP "energizing" itself with a right wing fanatic is going to make logical people start thinking, people will go out and vote for Obama / Biden and, hopefully, remove the scoundrels in the Republican party from the House and Senate, enough to let this President do his job without obstructionists.
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
P.S. to James - I've forgotten more about the record industry than most will ever learn. You can read my new editorial on Patch and see my album cover from 1978 here: http://medford.patch.com/blog_posts/comcasts-project-open-voice-the-verizon-contiguous-channels
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
to MO - I'm only trying to help people in my community put pressure on McGlynn to pave their roads. Don't need fans, a fan club or thanks. What would be preferable would be for everyone leaving a comment to come up to the City Council, show a little spine, and address all these issues we discuss online to the elected officials in this city. That's how you get results. Anyone can put a point of view in a post, how many of you will face a Paul Camuso and argue with him, on camera? Especially when his point is not to enlighten the citizens but to take the conversation off topic, just as those who don't stick to this story of an allegedly "energized" Republican base that is a joke and something that holds us up to scorn and ridicule in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Jeff C August 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Whose acting childish here Joe? You're the one who brought up race. By the way Obama identifies as African-American not "mixed-race" as you said. His words not mine. So once again you're misinformed and lash out at those who disagree with you. And of course you find a way to insert Mayor McGlynn into the conversation. Whose acting childish here Joe?
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Jeff C, conspicuous in his absence. Thanks for reinforcing my perspective. I speak with facts and articulate my position. You hurl Molotov cocktails out of utter and absolute desperation that your perspective is one that is pure invective. So if someone accurately points out that there's a race issue and the anonymous cowards yell "Barabbas!" one can easily conclude that they are protesting a bit too much.
James August 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Who would write such things about you if they weren't true? Adding your picture and name is your only accomplishment from what we can see.Congrats to you for that. How about running for office. Medford and America could use a brilliant man like you.
Jeff C August 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
That's the thing James. It's why he won't put his name on the ballot. Because he knows that when the votes are tallied up it will be his opponent in an overwhelming landslide. He prefers to hide behind the others who actually do put their name on the ballot. Instead of trying to show us how much integrity he has by putting his picture up on the Patch, why doesn't the self-proclaimed "leader of the opposition" put his money where his mouth is and run for office.
Andrew W August 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I just read the Tufts article. That is probabally why he doesn't run.
MO August 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
You do things your way, and I'll do things mine, thanks. Now I'll take your advice and get back to the topic. Paul Ryan on Medicare: "My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," the Wisconsin Republican says in an excerpt released Sunday afternoon. "Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms. That have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late '90s." Romney goes on to say: "There's only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call 'Obamacare,'"
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hello Jarret, These inappropriate anonymous postings are clearly off topic. To answer the sick individuals who have nothing better to do: 1)A bunch of students writing a rag for Tufts, hardly a credible news source 2)Whenever you are over the target, you get flak 3)I have no problem running for office, it's just not my thing. If you want me to pull papers and run, I will IF every single imbecile hiding behind a fake name on this thread posts their real name, photo and position in life. Are you game? You can't have it both ways. You can't lie about a good man who works hard for his community and then go running back into your hole where your anonymity keeps us from finding out about your status in life. I'll surely run for office if every single one of the individuals writing harassing, egregious posts comes forward and reveals him or herself. Has to be a credible name, photo and address. Are you game? I certainly have the knowledge...and the tenacity ...to shake any political race up. It's not my calling in life, but I would do it to shut up anonymous posters who have no guts, no integrity, a bunch of cowards.
McLovin August 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Run Joe run. Then the people who work for a living will put their real names and pictures and social security numbers on the internet. Nice reply and love the tattle tale tactic when someone strikes a nerve. Seems the credibility of the students from Tufts bothers you.
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
So McLovin (a.k.a. JeffC, a.k.a. "James") is proving the point. Cowardly attackers putting egregious lies on the web. Good one, McLovin. If the Patch is so desperate for comments to allow violations of terms of service (postings off-topic to harass someone putting a legit comment), that's their problem. I know exactly who you are...and so do the authorities, "McLovin", but you knew that since you aren't allowed to write your real name anymore. Still doesn't mean you won't get caught. You and your master.
McLovin August 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM
A good debate is not illegal Joe unless people don't agree with you I guess. This is still America no matter what those you vote for try to do.
Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Terms of Service means to stay on topic. A debate is when two known people have a discussion. You are hiding behind an alias; also, as you know, a document was signed where you in particular are not allowed to harass people as you are doing. Jarret at the Patch is alerted to the flame war you and others are participating in. Write your own blog on Patch and start a discussion, but to destroy this thread is immature, hateful and a clear indication of the kind of person you are.
Jim Morse August 13, 2012 at 09:47 PM
When I heard that Ryan was Romney's VP I started writing. I wrote, Pay to the Order of Romney Victory, Inc, $100, One-Hundred and No/100.
ella watson August 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
...you wrote it ....did you mail it?
Jeff C August 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Just like everyone gets to see the kind of person that you are by you calling people racist, sick, imbeciles & cowards on this thread all day. Sad.
Pete Harmon August 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Public Access Producer Where did you point out racism in your quote below? This is not an attack, I am asking a question. "The insult, MO, is that the Republicans are so incensed at a mixed-race president that they object to every idea he presents, including ideas the Republicans embrace. "
Arthur DeLuca August 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM
And don't forget Romney's arrogence as Governor. I remember early on he found fault with one of the "commoners" trying to speak to him directly, arguing that a man in his important position doesn't deal directly with the people; you must go through others. He also raised the court fees for filing various papers, incuding criminal complaints. The poor at least came claim indigenecy and still file free, but the middle class must pay more & more to file complaints. Either that or just stand there and take it instead of trying to get relief from their problem. How said that Patrick has taken a page form the Romney book and now charges motorists to fight traffic violations And remember the flack over his residency? Investigating his past tax returns showed he filed as an out of state resident (I think it was Utah). he had to claim that his tax accountant made a mistake and then file an ammended Mass Tax return. No wonder he doesn't want his past returns revealed.
Arthur DeLuca August 14, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I don't think "energize" is the right term from what I've just seen on today's news, it's more like "doubling down". Ryan seems to be re-affirming the traditional Republican dogma of cut aid/services to the people (accept the rich), give tax breaks to the rich, increase taxes for everybody else and spend the tax money on the rich & the corporations so that they can earn more profits, thereby "hiring more Americans".(so goes theire theory). This is what they always say; this is what they always do. IT DOESN'T WORK. It has not worked in the past, it does not work in the present, it will not work in the future. Their "Plan" is what brought us to the brink of economic ruin. But you must understand that the Govt's definition of "The Economy" is the bottom line profit margins of the corporations (just look at how they calculate it and you'll see what I mean). So by their definition, it DOES work. The corporations make more money. The economy gets better; it's just the people who are worse off - and who cares about them, really? Certainly not the Republicans, that's for sure!
Arthur DeLuca August 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Speaking of the Republicans taking things out of context, Mo... your "You didn't build that insult" is a perfect example. Obama did not say that. After the allegations, I saw a news program run the complete statement. Obama first said "you didn't make it a success by yourself", then he went on to list others who also contributed to that success. But the way he did it was to say "the folks who bulit the road made you successful" etc. Just taking the last part makes it sound like he meant they exclusively were responsible for your success, not you. But that is NOT what he said. He was telling all these "self-made men" to stop being selfish *****s and to start acknowledging the little people who helped in building their successes. This concept has been around for centuries. In literature it's summed up in the saying "No man is an island". This is why labor unions formed, because the selfish factory/business owners (only one or two steps above a slave master in some cases) weren't giving their workers a fair shake. They were lording it over them "you should be thankful I gave you a job instead of complaining you want more money" - Does that chant sound familiar? Just listen to all the business owners out there crying for a break in their taxes, or a loosening up of restrictions or anything else the are forced to do to be fair. They don't want to be made to be fair - these of the 1% want to have unrestrained domination over the 99%.
Arthur DeLuca August 15, 2012 at 06:56 AM
And next year let's continue the trend and remove a Republican or two from the City Council. Even though Medford City elections don't run along party lines, it's very easy to spot the Republicans. They're the ones who are always bemoaning "the poor business owner" and want to do favors for them over the 99% - like trying to remove a bus stop or two because a business owner has to sweep up cigarette butts from in front of their store every morning. Perish forbid that he'd suggest instead that the City put in those special "cigarette buckets" (or whatever you call them) that I see in Malden and other Cities.
Arthur DeLuca August 15, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Mo, your qoute below of "Romney goes on to say: "There's only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call 'Obamacare,'"" goes to show another example of a Republican twisting the truth. Obama didn't take anything from Medicaire. The "Obamacare" program was passed by Congress. Obama may have crafted it but it's Congress that approves the plan and passes it. To accuse Obama of stealing from Medicaire is like accusing Mayor McGlynn of raising our property taxes when that's actually done by the City Council. And Congress has approved "borrowing" money from Medicare more than once before the new Federal Healthcare Act was passed. But it doesn't really matter; since "Obamacare" was paterned after Massachusetts' "Romneycare" Mitt doesn't have a snowball's chance in Global Warming of winning this November.
Arthur DeLuca August 15, 2012 at 07:17 AM
If you're sending that check to Mitt Romney, I think you mis-spelled the amount. It should have been written "One Hundred Dollars and No Sense." The guy's his own worst enemy, like when he went on that Worldwide "Goodwill Tour". The only good will he fostered overseas is the feeling of elation people got when he left their Country.
Arthur DeLuca August 15, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Hey - it's right there in the quote. Obama's mixed-race so he's not a WASP - and he's a Democrat, too. How could they NOT hate him? Know why the Republicans are so PO'd that Obama gave all that bailout money to the corporations? It's because THEY wanted to do it and Obama one-upped them by beating them to the punch. They can't match Obama's "gift" to the big corporations so they're running scared of the big advantage that gives the Big O when these corporations instruct their slaves how to vote come November. You see, the Republicans didn't leave the 99% enough money to pay off their mortages to the 1% with and that almost ruined several Gigantic Corporations. It's the Republicans' fault they almost went out of business and it's Obama's "fault" that they were saved. So now the Republicans have to present a nice double down WASP ticket to try to lure big business back into their corner.
Richie M August 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Not to mention the Democrat in City Hall who wants to build a parking garage partly because he made promises to a certain restaurant owner (business owner) on High St. You know the restaurant (business) that was going to be "the cornerstone of the rehabilitation of Medford Sq", as the Democrat in City Hall said. I believe this is the same restaurant (business) where the DEMOCRAT in City Hall has held various political functions. Arthur why don't you call the Democrat in City Hall that you're so quick and eager to defend and suggest placing those special "cigarette buckets" around Medford. The howls of laughter coming from the useless hacks you defend at City Hall will be deafening.
Jim Morse August 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Ella, It's a long story and way off topic so let me just say this. No I didn't! When I figured out that the email seemed to be legit, I used a credit card. Now let me ask you a question with the risk of going off-topic again. You seem pretty knowledgable and outspoken. Why don't you become a Blogger here?
Arthur DeLuca August 16, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Thank you Richie for helping out another Republican lie. The fictional story of McGlynn promising to build the parking garage to help out Sal's restaurant was fabricated by Bob Penta during a City Council meeting & is easy to disprove. First off, the parking garage collapsed WAY before Salvatore's looked to come in to Medford Sq. The City always planned to rebuild the garage. It made the lot while waiting for the insurance check. Then McGlynn found out he could get some money ($2M grant or stimulus) if the new garage became part of the MBTA transportation project so the garage became for T commuters. Much later, the Mayor announced Sal's was coming to Medford. At the next City Council meeting Penta protested saying how wrong it was of McGlynn to not help the Carroll family acquire that place and make their restaurant there. Why should an out-of-towner get it when an old Medford family wanted it. Well now let's examine Penta's statement. The City didn't own that property. It was for sale to whoever would meet the seller's price and terms. Carroll had just as much chance of getting it as Sal. That he didn't is between the seller , the buyer, and the Carroll; not the City or McGlynn, yet Penta said McGlynn should have helped Carroll get it. From that point on, Penta bashed the Sal project whenever he could, eventually publicly concocting the story that McGlynn had made some sort of a sweetheart deal with Sal to build that garage. It was pure revenge on Penta's part!
Arthur DeLuca August 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Eo your item #2 "2)Whenever you are over the target, you get flak" Here's something a wise attorney once told me, not sure if you consider it merely a re-phrasing of your #2 or if you'll rate it good enough to use as your #4 next time but it goes... "If you haven't made any enemies then you haven't done anything worthwhile with your life!" So with that in mind, then I guess the Romney/Ryan ticket has done something worthwhile. Let's see how much MORE "worthwhile" they make themselves in the weeks to come. I see this Presidential election as being an even more polarizing one than the last time. I'm thinking votier turnout will be even higher than last time, setting a new record in both total numbers and percenatge of registered voters.


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