Whitman: South Shore GOP hold 4th annual barbecue

State Rep Geoff Diehl with Victim Advocate Les Gosule, who was named Citizen of the Year by the Whitman Republican Town Committee

The South Shore GOP barbecue was held this weekend in Whitman. The annual event, now in its fourth year gives residents a chance to meet and interact with local, state and national republican candidates running for office. The gathering also featured various speakers like Plymouth County GOP chairman Vince Cogliano, County Commissioner candidate Dan Pollatta and State Representative Geoff Diehl.

Joe Selvaggi, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District says he was impressed by the people who spoke at the event.

“We had some very powerful speakers and I was once again re-energized to be a Republican in Massachusetts,” said Selvaggi. “We heard from Les Gosule and he’s living proof that the good guys win once in a while.”

Selvaggi said he was inspired by Gosule, who spent 13 years advocating for the passage of Melissa’s Law, which will keep repeat offenders off the street. Whitman Republican Town Committee Chairman Brian Bezanson says another aspect of the barbecue is the awards ceremony.

During yesterday’s event, state committee man John Cafferty received the lifetime achievement award, Lloyd Plasse was posthumously inducted into the Century Club and Les Gosule was named the Citizen of the Year.

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Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.