SURVEY: Mass. Republicans Say Ryan Will Energize Romney Campaign
Patch asked political influencers state-wide to react to the news that Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney's running mate.
Updated on Monday, Aug. 13 at 12:05 p.m.
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 nation-wide.
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
Patch 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 Patch 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 email@example.com.
Red Commonwealth Survey Roster
Massachusetts survey participants include:
||Andover, candidate for state representative||Elaine Appel
||Hamilton, Republican Committee|
|Andrew Applegate||Suffolk University||Steve Aylward||MA, Republican State Committee|
||Reading, selectman||Vonnie Boyle||MA, Republican State Committee|
|Jack Buba||Marblehead, Republican Town Committee||Dean Carvaretta||Acton, candidate for State Senate|
|Amy Carnevale||Marblehead, Republican
Town Committee chair
|David Carnevale||Medford, former State Senate candidate|
||Melrose, Republican City Committee||Wayne Comeau
||Danvers, Republican Town Committee
||Framingham, Republican||Angel Connell||Westford, Republican|
||Medford, Republican Committee||Harriet Davis
||Wenham, former selectman
||Woburn, candidate for State Representative||John DiMascio||Watertown, Republican|
|Lindsay DiNatale||Charlestown, Republican||Bill Doherty||Cape Cod, County Commissioner|
|John Dorr||Medford, Republican
||Scott Frasca||Peabody, Republican|
|Kent George||Wayland, Republican||George Gerogountzos||Stoneham, candidate for state representative|
|Dick Gilmore||Danvers, Republican||John Golnik||Carlisle, candidate for U.S. Congress|
|Bernie Green||Medford, Republican Committee||Jim Hatherley
||Westborough, Republican Town Committee
||Westford, Republican||James Healy
||Needham, Republican Town Committee
|McKenzie Hebert||Shrewsbury, Republican||Chad Heipler||MA, Republican|
|Frank Herschede||Danvers, Republican||Eleanor Hersey||Framingham, Republican|
|Brad Hill||Hamilton, State Representative||Jarrod Hochman||Peabody, Republican|
|Chuck Holden||Peabody, Republican||Randy Hunt||Sandwich, State Representative|
|Steven Jeffries||Beacon Hill, Republican||Evan Kenney||Wakefield, Republican Caucus alternate|
||Salem, Republican||Janet Leombruno
|Krista Lynch||North Andover, Republican||James Lyons||Andover, State Representative|
||Andover, Republican||Mario Marchese
||Wilmington, Republican Town Committee|
|Brad Marston||Beacon Hill, Republican||Bob Mauceri||North Reading, selectman|
|John McCarthy||Peabody, Republican||Brian McCarty
||Somerville, Republican City Committee
|Ed McGrath||MA, Republican State Committee||Laurie McManus||Watertown, Republican Town Committee|
|Monica Medeiros||Melrose, Republican City Committee||Louise Miller
||Needham, Republican Town Committee
|Philip Mitza||Somerville, Republican||Michael Morales||Medford, Republican City Committee|
|Jim Morse||Medford, Republican||Lisa J. Murray||Hamilton, Republican
|Peter Nicolas||Marblehead, Republican Town Committee||Ed Niell||Westwood, Republican Town Committee|
|Doug Obey||Westwood, Republican Town Committee||Sean O'Brien||Salem, Republican Committee|
|Joseph O'Keefe||Salem, city councilor||Don Ordway||Tewksbury, Republican Town Committee|
|Ted Owens||Needham, Republican Town Commitee chairman||Teresa Perrier||MA, Republican|
|Sue Pope||Wayland, Republican||Jim Powell||Martha's Vineyard, Republican|
||North Reading, selectman||Nancy Quimby
||Westborough, Republican Town Committee|
|Patrick Rahilly||North Andover, attorney||Sharon Randall||Marblehead Republican Town Committee|
||West Roxbury, Republican||Tim Regan
|Alan Reiss||Wayland, Republican||Evan Rice||MA, Republican Committee member|
||Watertown, Republican||Lena Robinson
||Marblehead, party consultant
||MA, Republican||Marty Scafidi
||Tewksbury, Republican||Jesse Segovia
||Lexington, Republican Town Committee chairman|
||Beacon Hill, Republican||Todd Siegel||Salem, city councilor|
|Rosemary Smedile||North Andover, Republican||Francis Stanton
||Waltham, candidate for state representative
||Hamilton, selectman and political director for Richard Tisei||Ben Tafoya
||North Reading, selectman
|Tom Terranova||Lynnfield, Republican||John Toto
||Somerville, candidate for state representative||Alex Vispoli||Andover, selectman|
|Tom Weaver||Westford, candidate for U.S. Congress||Ken Weisman||Hopkinton, Republican|
||West Roxbury, Republican Committee chairman||Richard Wise
||Salem, Republican Committee
|Val Wormell||Westford, selectman||Joseph Zarrella||Braintree, State House intern|
|Allan Zenowitz||MA, Republican State Committee|