Everything in this cycle starts early, including, according to the Boston Herald, the formation of groups to attack candidates. In Massachusetts, there is now the Massachusetts Republicans for Truth, to go live on Mitt Romney’s birthday (happy birthday!):
“It’s a matter of trust,” Robichaud said yesterday. “When somebody changes their position on so many different issues – taxes, minimum wage, abortion, gay marriage, gay rights – you’ve got to start to wonder, where are his core beliefs?”
“If you don’t have any core beliefs, you shouldn’t be president of the United States,” she said.
This isn’t just a small group of people:
So far, about 40 Massachusetts Republicans, including elected state committee members and activists who have been involved in campaigns for years, have joined Massachusetts Republicans for Truth. Robichaud, a contributor to the Herald’s Monday political briefing, said she would not yet identify the other members. The group’s website goes live Monday.
I met Robichaud at the RNC Winter Meeting and again at CPAC. At the RNC Winter Meeting, she was verbally assaulted by Romney staffers. And Romney himself became extremely uncomfortable when she was in the room. The Romney team is quite nervous about MA Republicans standing up and criticizing him.
This will be a fascinating dynamic. Can a guy run for President whose position really is:
Romney aides have dismissed criticism from the hometown crowd, saying his message is resonating with voters nationwide.
We don’t need the people back home?