Politics
12:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Claims MassGOP Offered Him $1 Million To Drop Out Of Race

Massachusetts Republicans are struggling with fallout from the state party convention. The convention in late March, as expected, overwhelmingly endorsed Charlie Baker for governor.   But, Tea Party candidate Mark Fisher claims he was wrongly denied a chance to challenge Baker for the nomination.  He’s filed suit against the party alleging rules and delegate vote counts were manipulated so that he would not get the required 15 percent of the delegate’s votes to be certified for the primary ballot. 

Fisher now claims he was offered $1 million by a party official he refuses to identify to quit his campaign.  Kirsten Hughes, the party chair, charges it was the other way around – Fisher demanded $1 million to drop his lawsuit. 

WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Tim Vercellotti, political science professor at Western New England University about the impact on the gubernatorial race.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, potential Tea Party challenger Mark Fisher ( center), and Mass. GOP chair Kirsten Hughes

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