Chatham RTC: 2012 Archives
The Chatham RTC made Scott Brown's re-election to the Senate its Number One priority at its organizational meeting in April, 2012. That began an intense period of work for Scott. The committee volunteered to host a fundraiser in July and obtained advance commitments to convince his campaign staff the event in a small town such as Chatham would indeed be worthwhile for the senator to attend. The July fundraiser brought in over $113,000 for the senator's campaign, an amount that astonished even the senator. More than 300 supporters attended the event. Our success was in large part due to the the generous support of our seasonal residents, for whose assistance we are especially grateful.
This past 4th of July Independence Day Parade also celebrated Chatham's tricentenniel. As befits our determination to represent the future, the Chatham Republicans were the culminating act of the parade, consisting of dozens of marchers and patriotically decorated vehicles, proclaiming our support for Scott Brown. We were joined by colleagues from the surrounding towns of Harwich, Brewster and Orleans. As we went by , the response from the huge crowd, estimated at close to 40,000, was loud and overwhelmingly supportive of our backing of Scott Brown.
In August we began our Get Out the Vote effort which ran through 8 p.m. on Election Day by opening our headquarters downtown on Main Street.
The Chatham RTC volunteered to join the nine MassVictory regional offices in the Scott Brown Calling Network to reach out to independents and Democrats all across Massachusetts. Using the ten Network phones that were installed, our volunteers made many tens of thousands of calls in Chatham, across the Cape and statewide for Scott and our other Republican candidates.
We did standouts at busy intersections, held TV debate watch parties, staged open houses at our headquarters, ran ads in the local paper, blanketed Chatham with Scott Brown signs and finished up on Election Day with poll watching and an all-day standout in front of the Community Center, where the election was held. At 6 p.m., the standout contingent for Scott and our other candidates numbered 14 to one for the Democrats.
Despite all our efforts Scott did not win statewide. However, he carried Chatham handily 55% to 45%. Although Mitt Romney did not stage a campaign in Massachusetts, the committee bought Romney signs in Alabama and placed many throughout the town. Mitt got his second best vote on the Cape in Chatham, losing by just nine votes. Altogether, close to 150 volunteers worked on the fundraising and Get Out the Vote drive in Chatham.
In addition, the newly formed Lower Cape Republican Coalition came together weekends for substantial standouts in Orleans, Harwich and Chatham, mustering anywhere from 40 to 55 people each weekend to hold signs and wave at passing motorists.
The senator was most appreciative of everything we did and was kind enough to record a special thank you, which you can see here.
The support we helped build for the senator may well have positve effects beyond Election Day. It certainly appears as if Senator Kerry will be appointed Secretary of State in the second Obama administration. If so, we are convinced that Scott Brown will run for the open seat and will win. Despite losing to Massachusetts' first woman senator, Scott Brown is very popular. He was outpolling his oppenent Warren in popularity right through Election Day. He had been an excellent senator and it is generally acknowledged, even by those who voted for his opponent, that he went to Washington and did just as said he would do, be a moderating force to help end the destructive polarization that is crippling the nation.
Governor Patrick has stated he will only appoint as an interim senator someone who will not run in the special election. He correctly says it would be incompatible for an interim senator serving about four months to also be campaigning at the same time for the special election. This position would be similar to tht which the Governor took in connection with the 2010 special election which Scott won. By one calculation, by Professor William Jacobson of Cornell, the special election would be held sometime in June.
There can be life after defeat and we see a new life in the U.S. Senate for Scott Brown.
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