BOSTON (State House News Service) — Seven Massachusetts House Republicans and former GOP party chair Jennifer Nassour came out in a show of support for presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Thursday.
The representatives, Nassour and current Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Amy Carnevale delivered to the secretary of state's office a copy of the filing to ensure Haley is on the Massachusetts presidential primary ballot on March 5.
The MassGOP submitted a letter to put Haley on the ballot on Nov. 28, and Secretary of State William Galvin's office confirmed that she has been considered a candidate in the Massachusetts primary since Nov. 29. Rep. Hannah Kane of Shrewsbury said the trip to the secretary's office was to ensure that Haley's name would appear on the ballot and to show support for the candidate among elected Republicans.
"I felt as a former party chair, as someone who understands good candidates that can win versus candidates that can't or shouldn't, that finding someone like Nikki Haley, who is brilliant, experienced, politically savvy, but also compassionate in a way that I haven't seen any candidate in national office -- and the way that she speaks to people, the way that she communicates to people -- is just absolutely extraordinary," said Nassour, who co-chairs Massachusetts Women for Nikki alongside Kane.
In addition to Kane, Reps. Kim Ferguson, Paul Frost, Matt Muratore, Mike Soter, David Vieira and Joe McKenna are endorsing Haley, a former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the United Nations.
The representatives and Nassour said they saw Haley as an alternative to former President Donald Trump, and as someone who could win in Massachusetts.
"No one wants to see another Trump-Biden showdown," Nassour said. "And there's no one who wants another man over the age of 75 to be in office again. And I think it's time for a new generation of leaders."
Carnevale said she could not publicly endorse any candidates as the state party chair, and was there to support any Republican candidate who wanted to have their name on the ballot.
Written by Sam Drysdale/SHNS