Trump Crushed Weld in Massachusetts on Super Tuesday [OPINION]
The voters who are the Republican Party of Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for President Trump rather than their former GOP Governor Bill Weld on Tuesday.
It was a great night in Massachusetts for President Donald J. Trump and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, who is serving as the Honorary Chairman of the president's re-election campaign in Massachusetts. Beating a former governor in a party primary on his home territory is a rare occurrence. President Trump and Sheriff Hodgson can add this to their lists of accomplishments.
Weld has tried to beat Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primaries of 2020. He has made numerous campaign stops around the country and he has raised money from his political supporters. He has personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign.
Weld is a smart guy and he knows how to win elections. The Bill Weld for President 2020 campaign had one shot at gaining traction and that was on Super Tuesday in Massachusetts. Weld stepped up as the candidate of the "never Trump" faction of the Republican Party.
Massachusetts elected Weld in 1990 after living through the Gov. Mike Dukakis for President 1988 campaign and the evaporation of the "Massachusetts Miracle" as proclaimed and relentlessly explained by the man who was almost president.
Republican Gov. Weld had a great first term and was returned to office in 1994 by the overwhelmingly Democrat supporting voters of the Bay State. He defeated a Roosevelt at a time when Edward Kennedy was still in the U.S. Senate, John Kerry was the junior senator, and Bill Clinton was the president.
Although he lost to John Kerry in a race for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Weld was considered a leading member of the Republican establishment. Massachusetts elected numerous Republicans to be governor based in part on the good work Weld did when he was in that position.
Weld has acted oddly, in a political sense, since he left the office of governor in 1996. He has run for vice president as a Libertarian and he has endorsed Democrats for office. But he also helped the careers of many Republicans in Massachusetts and he did great things for the taxpayers and the state's business community.
The Massachusetts voters had a clear choice on Super Tuesday and they overwhelmingly went for President Trump over a hometown candidate who represents the "never Trump" wing of the GOP.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.