Embattled Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher said Thursday that the Massachusetts Republican Party tried to bribe him. Fisher said he was offered $1 million to drop a lawsuit trying to force his way onto the party’s September primary ballot, according to WGBH.
That is the polar opposite of what the Mass GOP said Tuesday, when it accused Fisher of demanding $1 million to drop his suit and name from the ballot.
Earlier this week, the party painted Fisher as money grubbing, saying he asked for $1 million in exchange for dropping out of the race. But Fisher says the party approached him as early as December and offered him $1 million to go away.
"My first reaction was this is a bribe. This is illegal. This can't be done," Fisher said.
The issue is whether Fisher appears on the party’s September primary ballot as a gubernatorial candidate. During the GOP’s state convention, Fisher failed to garner the votes needed to appear on the ballot. But Fisher sued, saying the vote count wasn’t handled properly and he did, in fact, earn a spot on the ballot.
The war of words led to a Fisher lawsuit against the party, demanding the ballot spot.
This week has been a near-daily barrage of accusations and claims in the matter. On Tuesday night, the state GOP said Fisher repeatedly asked for $1 million to drop his suit and stop fighting for the ballot spot.
On Wednesday, however, the party apparently changed tactics and filed a motion in court saying they’d allow Fisher on the ballot, provided discovery on his lawsuit be delayed until after the election. The suit would make the convention vote tabulations public. Fisher said he would not accept that deal.
Today, Fisher went on offense himself, alleging the bribe.
Party attorney Lou Ciavarra told WGBH Fisher has offered no proof that the party made the million-dollar offer to him in December, as alleged.
Lou Ciavarra, the attorney for the Republican party, says to the best of his knowledge no one approached Fisher in December.
"My research my due diligence in this so far there's absolutely no basis for that. I understand Mr Fisher has not provided any factual support for it on the claim there’s a gag order, which is non existent."