Gus Bickford wins re-election as chairman of Massachusetts Democrats regardless of criticism


Gus Bickford was re-elected chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee Thursday, beating again two challengers amid criticism over his involvement within the congressional major between Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.

Bickford handily received one other time period over Bob Massie, a former gubernatorial candidate, and Mike Lake, a former lieutenant governor hopeful and present state committee deputy treasurer. Out of 365 votes forged, Bickford received 229, whereas Lake obtained 87 and Massie received 49.

Bickford will now helm the state Democratic Occasion by way of the 2022 gubernatorial race because the Democrats vie to retake the nook workplace.

“I can’t thanks sufficient,” Bickford mentioned after the votes have been tallied. “I actually look ahead to working with all of you.”

Bickford got here beneath fireplace final week when an inner investigation concluded that he violated get together bylaws by partaking within the 1st Congressional District major between Morse and Neal over the summer time, based on a confidential report obtained by the Herald.

The investigation by former state Sen. Cheryl Jacques discovered Bickford broke get together guidelines by advising college students to ship a letter to Morse detailing their allegations of inappropriate conduct towards the brazenly homosexual candidate and “encouraging” college students to speak to a reporter on the file about them “earlier than the election.”

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