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The Massachusetts Republican party tries to expand on Scott brown’s back….

Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state.

[Republican Jason Healey (left), independent Fred Long, and others discussed politics over coffee and French toast at Mul’s Diner in South Boston last week. Similar GOP efforts are underway elsewhere in the state. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)]
In a state where Republican might be considered a dirty word……there is a quiet awaking……not much…but at least there is a little wiggle room….
Scott Brown has thrown the spotlight on the party in the state…..

In South Boston, the most politically entrenched of city neighborhoods, people often come to Mul’s Diner to talk politics. The West Broadway diner is the kind of place where candidates and elected officials can find a reliable base of reliably Democratic voters.
This from Boston. Com…….

Last week at Mul’s a new political movement was being hatched.

They called themselves the South Boston Conservatives. And the nine South Boston voters who gathered over coffee and French toast had come to make a Republican mark on this Democratic political stronghold.

“What is the very first thing we have to do, besides getting a larger crowd?’’ asked Eunice Fallon, a 79-year-old who last campaigned for Barry Goldwater.

Long considered an endangered species, the Massachusetts Republican is staging a comeback. In small groups across the state, conservatives are joining forces to try to seize on the nation’s impatience with change and last month’s stunning election of Republican Scott Brown to succeed liberal icon US Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Since last summer, Republican ward committees that were dormant for years have been revived in traditionally Democratic Boston neighborhoods, including South Boston, the kind of place where loyalty to family, Kennedys, and ward bosses with job offers made voters lifelong Democrats, despite their socially conservative mores.

“I have this little elderly lady in my building; she was afraid to go down to the polling booth and vote Republican because she knows the ladies who have been there forever will know she voted Republican and will tell everybody,’’ said Jason Healey, a 33-year-old technology software salesman and Connecticut transplant who moved to South Boston in 2007.

The traditionally Irish Catholic enclave always had a socially conservative mind-set defined in part by its resistance to court-ordered busing to integrate schools and its successful Supreme Court battle to prevent gay rights groups from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the neighborhood’s deep ties to its politicians and labor kept it so securely Democratic that Republican ward committees effectively stopped functioning in the early 1990s.

Those calculations may be changing, with an influx of new people and a dramatically altered economy.

South Boston was the only city neighborhood that voted overwhelmingly for Brown. And the Republican went there for a campaign stop that was filmed for a successful ad that showed him interacting with voters at a time his Democratic opponent was being criticized for seeming aloof.

Fallon, who spotted Brown that day, was so excited to see him campaigning in South Boston that she circled the block to look again.

“In 25 years I’ve lived in South Boston,’’ she said, “I’ve never seen a Republican face.’’

In recent months, Healey said he reorganized South Boston ward committees by tracking down people from a list of about 350 South Boston registered Republicans he got from City Hall. He needed only two willing volunteers to become officers.Continued…

February 13, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , ,

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