Do you wonder why there are so few Republicans in Massachusetts? It's because there is no serious Republican leadership. There is hardly any effort to spread the message, let alone recruit candidates to run for public office.

It's almost as if they don't want to win because they'd have to do something. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Second Bristol and Plymouth State Senate District.

Next year's election cycle is almost upon us, so Brock Cordeiro, the Republican State Committeeman from Dartmouth, submitted an opinion piece to SouthCoast Voices, WBSM's "guest columnist" feature that allows those in the community to use our platform to share their thoughts. The piece urges Republicans to rally around the GOP banner by joining a local town or ward committee, what he calls "the essential foundation of the Massachusetts Republican Party."

Do you mean the party that lost seats in the last legislative election and is all but extinct? Do you mean the Republican Party that stranded Geoff Diehl at the alter in 2018, failed to deliver for Donald Trump in 2020, and gave us RINO Charlie Baker? That Republican Party?

Save the article because it's probably the last time you will see or hear anything from Brock Cordeiro until the next election cycle in two years.

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Cordeiro is invisible. He does nothing to educate the voters about the issues and does not actively recruit voters or candidates. Winning means trying – as in getting off your butt and making an effort. That's not Cordeiro's style. His style is to sit back, play keyboard commando and wait for potential candidates to come to him.

My program is the most listened-to conservative radio program in the county, perhaps even the entire Southern New England area. In five and a half years, I have not received a single phone call from Brock Cordeiro. He has not sought airtime for himself to discuss conservative values, asked to book a candidate for an interview, or offered a response to something our progressive federal and state delegations have done. Never. What a waste of a valuable resource. He has blocked me from social media and spoken poorly of me behind my back.

Thanks to Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson and some grassroots leaders who took it upon themselves to rally and campaign on behalf of President Trump last year, because Cordeiro didn't organize much of anything. People like Brock Cordeiro are why Massachusetts has a one-party system.

People, register to vote, make sure your friends and family are registered, too – but register as unenrolled and get active. Attend local school board and city and town hall meetings. Run for office. Get elected, and let's take back our country one seat at a time.

To hell with Brock Cordeiro's Republican Party. We can do this without them.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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