Broadside: Mass. Republican Party Chair Hughes on GOP's Future

(NECN) - A cement mixer that overturned and broke through a wall in the Prudential Center tunnel is causing a for a traffic nightmare.

Repairs on the tunnel are scheduled through the weekend. The timing of this situation could not be any worse for the state's Republican Party Convention.

Their convention is scheduled to take place this weekend at Boston University's Agganis Arena. Over 2,000 delegates will select the party's 2014 candidates.

Kirsten Hughes, Chair of the Mass. Republican Party, joined Jim Braude on Broadside to discuss the upcoming event that she'll be overseeing and the GOP's future.

Many key members of the Republican Party will not be in attendance at the convention. Based on the circumstances, it's safe to question the level of excitement leading up to the event.

Congressional candidate Richard Tisei is boycotting the convention to protest the socially conservative platform that committee member embraced last month.

Hughes begged the differ. "People are excited that I've talked to. We took these past two weeks to meet with delegates," said Hughes. "I think there is a lot of excitement out there."

Hughes said the Republican platform addresses things the Democratic platform does not even touch on.

"As Republicans in Massachusetts, we have varying degrees of opinions on some issues. But we all hold true to core values," said Hughes.

Hughes went on to talk about gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and candidates opposing Ed Markey, among other topics.

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