GOP to raise money for party chair’s council re-election
In an unusual show of political wattage for an officeholder seeking reelection from a mid-sized city, leading Massachusetts Republicans will help raise money Wednesday for the chairwoman of their state party.
Kirsten Hughes, Quincy city councilor and chairwoman of the state GOP, will be the beneficiary of the West End fund-raiser, whose invitation includes the names of former US senator Scott Brown and the party’s 2010 gubernatorial nominee, Charlie Baker.
Both of the party’s delegates to the national committee, Ron Kaufman and Chanel Prunier, appear prominently on the invitation, as do several members of the party’s senior staff, including executive director Nate Little, communications director Tim Buckley, political director Joe Doiron, and operations director Sean Powers. John Cook, who directed finance for both Brown and Baker, is also listed.
Elected to the Quincy council in 2011, Hughes, a former Brown campaign aide, took the party helm earlier this year after a contentious intraparty race.
Wednesday’s fund-raiser, at West End Johnnie’s, asks for contributions between $100 and $500, with a “young professional rate” of $50.Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at James.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.