The MassGOP executive committee is set to hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss “the allegations involving the vice president,” Tom Mountain, the Herald has learned.
According to a memo to state committee members obtained by the Herald, the meeting is about possible action as internal tensions and demands for resignations within the state Republican Party have reached boiling point.
The agenda for Monday’s meeting included just two items: “discussions about allegations involving the vice chairman” and “recommendations for action,” according to a weekend memo sent to the 21-member executive committee by MassGOP operations director Madeleine Cammarano.
Chairman Jim Lyons confirmed the memo, saying he called for an executive committee meeting after “receiving several calls from state committee members asking them to investigate the allegations … from recent articles that appeared on a blog. are shown which indicate that he is involved in very bizarre, disgusting and very degrading behavior towards women.”
A series of blog posts last week on Turtleboy Daily News accused The Mountain of “creepy” online comments on photos of young women on social media. It also apparently detailed a catfishing scheme shared with the organization, which caught Mountain sharing intimate details about her sex life and preferences.
The Herald has not been able to independently confirm or deny the reports. The Mountain did not respond to requests for comment.
“We think this is something we need to look into,” Lyon said, inviting Mountain to Monday’s meeting in Woburn, which he said will be closed to the press.
Lyons said that if the allegations were found to be true, the executive committee could recommend Mountain’s removal, which would then go to a vote before a full 80-member committee. MassGOP officers must be elected by a full state committee, in accordance with bylaws.
The latest debacle comes after Lyons refused to call for the resignation of a committee member who made anti-gay remarks about Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Sosa-Paquette, who is challenging US Representative Jim McGovern. is.
Internal turmoil erupted after GOP committee lady Deborah Martel sent an email on May 15, saying she was “sick” to hear that Sosa-Paquette, a lesbian man, had children with her husband. was adopted.
Leone condemned the homophobic comments, but rejected arguments by some party members that he calls for Martel’s resignation. It is a decision that has put him at further odds with Governor Charlie Baker, has drawn rebuke from seven former party presidents and which has sent some party donors to flee – all for Lyons himself to resign. are also saying.
Lyons, who said he thinks Mountain should resign if the allegations against him are true, said in an interview with the Herald on Sunday that it was “a stretch” to equalize his positions and against him. Forgiven the criticism as just “distraction”.
The president wanted to reassure GOP party members that “we focus on all the issues we think are important,” kicking off campaigns for a voter identification law in Massachusetts, reversing expansion in abortion rights and Keeping important race theory out of schools.