SNAP POLL: Massachusetts Republicans Say Ryan Will Energize Campaign

Patch asked 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 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

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, MA Republican State Committee)

Iron Mike August 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Ryan IS a Republican who actually understands our economic mess and has a plan to start FIXING it. By contrast – Obama just wants to tax everybody who IS working, to give money to everybody who ISN'T. Watching Saturday morning, I was struck that even Mitt sounds more energized and more Republican. I can't wait for the Ryan – Biden debate. Paul will beat him like an old rug. - - - - - - At this point – with 8.3% unemployment, 12-13 Million UNDER-employed, $16 TRILLION of national DEBT, and 46.6 million on food stamps – ANYbody still thinking of voting for Obama again is either a committed Socialist – or just plain hates our country – like he does. Imagine having such low self-esteem that you would look to a liar like Obama as your 'safety net' and the guarantor of your future happiness.
RushAddict August 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Ryan has sponosred only two bills that have passed in his career---One naming a post office in his district and the other dealing with excise taxes on arrows....He is an Ayn Rand acolyte (you can Google that Iron Mike) which means he supports an athiestic, you are on your own strategy....That should work well....Will you feel the same when your only choice at the grocery store is which dog food you will eat for dinner....This guy is a zero---Not a hero.
RichardPell90 August 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I'm a lifelong Republican and I am not a fan of the Tea Party or Ryan...I see nothing conservative in borrowing money to fund out of control spending, which is how Ryan has voted his entire career---Mitt should have picked Portman, smart, experienced senior budget guy....This smells of desperation, not conservatiism---Ryan is no better than Bachman....I will be staying home in November
RealeconomistMIT August 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM
What the whole Beltway media crowd has done – is to slot Ryan into a role...of the thoughtful, serious conservative wonk. In reality, Ryan is nothing like that; he’s a hard-core conservative, with a voting record as far right as Michelle Bachman’s, who has shown no competence at all on the numbers thing. What Ryan is good at is exploiting the willful gullibility of the Beltway media, using a soft-focus style to play into their desire to have a conservative wonk they can say nice things about. And apparently the trick still works..." Paul Krugman.
Iron Mike August 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
OK Wiseguys - compare Paul Ryan to Joe Biden - and figure out which one you want a heartbeat away....
x August 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
There is little to compare between the two. Ryan is bright and talented. Biden is one taco short of a Mexican special platter. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Iron Mike August 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I tend to think of 'Lovable Joe' – our National Village Idiot – in terms of that annoying Christmas tree light that keeps blinking out and taking down the entire string. After you've hunted for it a few times and replaced several bulbs, -you conclude it wasn't the bulbs – it was the faulty socket they were screwed into. Joe Biden is the faulty socket!
ReincePrebius August 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Instead of bashing VP Biden---Let's talk turkey---shall we?---Ryan's budget plan is a disaster for seniors--- Obamacare puts the money back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills. Looking at the plan specifics: A portion of the money is earmarked for children and non-elderly Americans, who, starting in 2014, will become eligible for Medicaid or receive tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. A smaller, but still significant, portion of the money is for seniors. It helps them pay for prescription drugs, by filling the "donut hole" in Medicare Par D coverage. It also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for annual wellness visits, some cancer screenings, and other preventative services. Those benefits have actually started already: In the first six months of this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 16 million seniors took advantage of the free preventative care provision. Ryan's budget—which, again, Romney has repeatedly embraced and said he would sign—actually takes those new benefits away. The Part D donut hole would open back up. Access to free preventative care would vanish. And where would Ryan and Romney put the money instead? They say it's for deficit reduction. I'd say it's really for their big new tax cuts, which disproportionately benefit the wealthy. Somebody is "stealing" from seniors here---and it's not Obama.
Rob August 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Obama has stole enough for 1 president. He stole our children and grandchildren's money in his wreck-less unchecked bailouts. If you spent a million dollars a day since the time of Christ to present it would still not be as much money as he wasted.
Rob August 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I dont recall the national weather service ever buying Ammo under any other president. Is this more change we can believe in? http://www.infowars.com/national-weather-service-follows-dhs-in-huge-ammo-purchase/
CMMarrtin August 14, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Reagan Budget Director David Stockman sez today on Paul Ryan-----"Mr. Ryan’s sonorous campaign rhetoric about shrinking Big Government and giving tax cuts to 'job creators' (read: the top 2 percent) will do nothing to reverse the nation’s economic decline and arrest its fiscal collapse,” ........ “Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices.”
x August 14, 2012 at 07:35 PM
“Mr. Obama’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices.” That much is for sure. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Deanpol August 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Wow---what a substantive response---As with Fox News, just saying it out loud makes it true.....No wonder the GOP ended up with Twit Romney as its standard bearer....
Iron Mike August 14, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Speaking of 'Twits' - your 'heartbeat away' Buffoon Biden just told a crowd of mostly Black voters that 'Ryan would put them back in chains'. How that that kind of language - that kind of talk - help advance race relations in 2012? Obama has used divide and divide again to the point he's set race relations back a good 30 - maybe 40 years! The 'first Black pResident' had DOUBLED Black unemployment, put many more on food stamps - and will be known as the 'Food Stamp President'. He's done nothing more for Blacks - or for the country as a whole - than Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. He just wears a suit better.
Aron Levy August 15, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Infowars? Really, Infowars? Do you actually expect ANYONE to take you seriously?
Aron Levy August 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Iron Mike, you don't even believe the President is American, so your opinion means just slightly more than NOTHING.


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