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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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