"They work within the party organization, they're town committee members or a potential delegate," he said. "They're committed to the lieutenant governor for good reasons and just reasons and then they're told to vote another way. My sense is that doesn't speak to an open process." - Christy Mihos
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey on Monday challenged convenience store magnate Christy Mihos to a head-to-head battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, urging him to forego a run as an independent and guaranteeing him the support to be on the fall GOP ballot.
Mihos, a former Massachusetts Turnpike board member and lifelong Republican, has alleged he's been shut out of the party nomination battle by Healey loyalists, and hasn't declared whether he'll run as an independent or Republican. Healey is backed by Gov. Mitt Romney.
House Minority leader Brad Jones, who chairs the GOP convention for Healey, pledged in a letter to Mihos released publicly on Monday that he would secure enough delegate votes for Mihos to get him a spot on the primary ballot.
Party rules require a candidate for statewide office to get 15 percent of the vote at the April 29 Republican state convention.
"Recent comments from you and your campaign indicate that you are concerned about being 'shut out of the process' in relation to the convention if you run as a Republican," Jones wrote.
"While I have no doubt you will in your own right easily win the necessary support to get on the ballot, my guarantee should put your mind at ease and put to rest unfair criticism of the party we have both worked so hard to build."
Mihos, whose family founded the Christy's convenience store chain, said he appreciates the "olive branch," but "we're in the process right now of trying to reach as many Republicans as possible and see that we can do this on our own."
He added: "I would like to run as a Republican, but we still we have to keep all our options open until we can verify that we can make the ballot on our own."
Mihos also questioned whether Jones could guarantee that the delegates who've pledged themselves for Healey would vote for him... Read the rest of this Alabama Dateline story here, and comment below.
Christy rejects Healey's offer
The Salem News reported today, Gubernatorial hopeful Christy Mihos yesterday rejected an offer by state Republicans to ensure he meets the party's 15 percent delegate threshold at the April convention. The Republican guarantee would have ensured Mihos made the September primary ballot as a Republican and had an opportunity to square off against Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.
But Mihos said the offer, which has Healey promising to send enough of her delegates to Mihos to guarantee he makes the primary ballot, was unfair to people who committed to be delegates for Healey. Read the Salem News story here, and comment below.