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Candidates must receive votes from at least 15 percent of the delegates on Saturday to advance to the primary election in September.Some delegates see the potential for sharp disagreements at the convention between those in the party loyal to President Donald Trump, and others – such as Gov. Charlie Baker – who have distanced themselves from Trump.Scott Lively, a conservative pastor from Springfield, hopes to win enough delegates to challenge Baker in the primary.Up to five Republicans vying to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November are expected to have their names placed into nomination at the convention.

Although the convention will allow delegates and party leaders the opportunity to formally back Massachusetts Republicans running for a series of statewide offices, much of the event will likely focus on Bakers re-election bid, as well as GOP efforts to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

They include: Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Mitt Romney and manager of Scott Browns 2010 Senate bid; John Kingston, a Winchester businessman; State Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman; Darius Mitchell, of Lowell, and Heidi Wellman, of Marlborough. Sundays at 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., evening shows as programming allows, 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Despite the challenge, Baker has remained a popular figure in recent polls, with his campaign reporting a balance of nearly $8 million as of mid-April — an amount which reportedly contributed to a Democratic opponents decision to exit the race.

By Lou Murray When my Irish grandmother, Catherine Doherty, landed at 56 Main St., Worcester, the 1920’s political landscape was a little different than today. Coming down the gangway, it wasn’t too long before she became a citizen and soon after a Democrat. The Puritan nativists of Massachusetts had no time for Irish, Italian, or French Catholics. Unless they were working in their mills, or cleaning their houses.

Catherine was welcomed by her aunt, Minnie Colvin. Minnie and Catherine were domestics. They walked everywhere. When times were flush they took the trolleys. Once a year they had a car. That was election day. The two Irish colleens would telephone Worcester Republican headquarters and request a ride to the polls. They played “the good Paddy” and swore their allegiance to the Party of Lincoln, only to slip behind the voting booth curtain and gleefully pull the lever for a straight Democratic ticket. Winking at one another heading home, they pleaded with the driver to stop at a market. But they didn’t need groceries. The side trip was a ruse to delay Republican drivers from getting Republican voters to the polls.

I like to think that my Irish grandmother wouldn’t be shocked that I’ll be back in Worcester today. You see I’ll be attending the Massachusetts State Republican Convention as a Boston delegate. I won’t be a stone’s throw from her cold water flat where nine children were raised to be Americans by an Irish widow.

I don’t think Catherine Doherty would like the Massachusetts of 2018. She would look around at the present-day Worcester and ask what happened to the once bustling industrial metropolis where immigrants like her flocked for work. The answer she would get wouldn’t be pretty. Democratic and Republican elites sold out the manufacturing base of this country to globalist elites more concerned with dollars than the sovereignty of America and the well-being of her workers. Good thing Worcester’s coming back as a bio-tech center.

Maybe Catherine Doherty would have joined the 20,000 Massachusetts Democrats who in 2016 changed party affiliation because they heard a new voice crying out, “Let’s Make America Great Again!” Those Democrats who changed stripe to vote in the Republican primary helped shake up the American political system and free us from the dead rot of Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush.

Trump continues to listen to the people, rebuild the country, and rebrand Republicanism in his image. The Trumpublican tax cuts were a great start. Senator Warren, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer think these tax cuts are “crumbs.” Warren is so caught up in cheese shops and social justice she doesn’t understand it is the Trump tax cut “crumbs” that are helping to pay for your child’s braces, hockey equipment, ballet fees, or maybe a summer cottage at Hampton Beach. “It’s the economy stupid” that wins elections. President Trump knows this. He also knows that besides the simple human dignity of work there are other dignities that must be addressed to make America strong again.

That is why President Trump is sealing the border and proposing new laws to rid Worcester and all of Massachusetts of opioids and fentanyl distribution by illegal immigrant crime gangs. It is also why he has nominated judges in the mold of pro-life Catholic jurist Antonin Scalia. Trump is ultimately trying to drain the swamp of fetid political operatives that use Washington to line their own pockets. Best of all for industrial cities, even in Massachusetts, the president is renegotiating and scrapping trade treaties that put foreign workers and goods ahead of American workers and manufacturers.

In Massachusetts, we have two kinds of Republicans. They need to learn to love each other. Representative Geoff Diehl represents the first type. Diehl was co-chair of President Trump’s campaign. Diehl could easily identify with a candidate who wanted to cut taxes and put America first. Diehl spearheaded the successful statewide campaign to stop the gas tax. Geoff Diehl also worked to drain the Beacon Hill swamp by stopping the Boston bid for the Olympic games. You know, those Massachusetts plans where the people of greater Worcester pay the milkman, but the people of Boston get the cream.

The other type of Republican is represented by Governor Charlie Baker. He is extremely popular, but timid. He is afraid to rile up the liberals lest he find himself a few votes short of a second term. When the sitting vice president comes to Massachusetts, Charlie is busy. He talks of Republican victories in a hushed tone. Charlie is a very nice guy.

I propose that these two Republican types hammer out a merger. Wouldn’t it be great to see Governor Baker spend a little of his popularity bank, and start living the big tent Republican Party that includes all wings of today’s Republican party. Baker needs to explain to Never Trumpers like John Kingston, and Sometimes Trumpers like Beth Lindstrom that President Trump needs a young, tax-cutting senator who happens to be an Eagle Scout named Geoff Diehl. For Diehl’s half of the bargain he could bring all those former Democratic, working class, Catholic, and ethnic Trump voters to work for a Diehl-Baker Pro Jobs Republican slate. If members of the Massachusetts GOP establishment continue to ignore the will and voices of the volunteer workers and voters who make electoral victories happen by actively or passively rejecting President Trump they will pass up the greatest opportunity to grow the party since Governor Ed King. Further, they’ll prove themselves as dumb as the brahmin driving the model T with the two Irish ladies laughing in the back seat.

Louis L. Murray, a Worcester native now of Boston, who was delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention and is a delegate to todays Massachusetts Republican Convention in Worcester, is a financial and estate planner. He has written opinion pieces for The Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Brockton Enterprise, Nashua Telegraph, Colorado Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, and most recently in the Telegram & Gazette on “Bozo the Clown.”