Orlando - Today, Jon Huntsman for President announced its Massachusetts leadership team. Former Massachusetts State Party Chairman Jim Rappaport will serve as Huntsman's Massacusetts Chairman and Northeast Regional Co-Chair. Peter Monaco and Peter Malone will serve as Massachusetts Finance Co-Chairs and will be joined by Rice Powell on the Northeast Regional Finance Team.
Rappaport was the Republican nominee for Senate in Massachusetts in 1990 and a member of the Republican National Committee from 1992-1997. Malone and Monaco have both been long-time financial supporters of Republican candidates and causes in Massachusetts and nationally.
"Jon Huntsman's record of tax cuts, conservative and effective health care reform, and job creation is unparalleled in the Republican Primary field," Rappaport said. "Anyone can talk about how they would implement conservative, pro-growth policies, Jon Huntsman has actually done it. He's the kind of leader our country needs if we are going to turn our economy and country around."
"We are very pleased to have such accomplished individuals leading our effort in Massachusetts and across the Northeast region," Jon Huntsman for President Campaign Manager Susie Wiles said.
Jim Rappaport is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, attorney, and political activist. He currently serves as Chairman of Specialty Hospitals of America, LLC and Chairman and CEO of New Boston Fund, Inc. In 1985, Rappaport was elected Chairman of the Mass Taxpayers Committee, an organization that provided political education for fiscally responsible Massachusetts legislators. In 1990, Rappaport was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. He was Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1997. He has been a well- known fund-raiser for Republicans throughout the country, and has served as a regional Chair of the Republican National Committee Finance Committee and was national Finance Chair for Kasich 2000, Congressman John Kasich's Presidential Committee. In 2002, he ran for the Massachusetts Republican nomination for Lt. Governor.
Peter Monaco is a Managing Director of Raptor Group Holdings, a Boston, MA based privately held diversified asset management firm which he helped found in January 2009. Mr. Monaco is a member of the Board of Directors of the Steppingstone Foundation, a Boston based organization which provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and is also involved in numerous other philanthropic and charitable activities. Monaco is a long-time contributer to Republican causes nationally and in Massachusetts.
Peter Malone has been Managing Director of CSP Associates, Inc. since 1985. CSP is a leading strategy advisory firm, specializing in the aerospace, defense and information technology sectors. Malone has been a major supporter of the Massachusetts Republican Party. As a top bundler for John McCain in 2008 he brought in over $250k.
Rice Powell - Rice Powell was named Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America, the largest company devoted to patient-oriented renal therapy, on January 1, 2010.