Scanning the reader comments following the article, I see many suspect that the thing that really upsets Hughes is Republican candidates openly talking about what the Party advocates anyway. Think it, but don't say it out loud, don't "spill the beans" and let the public know what your real agenda is.
In that case, keep talking Republicans. Let's see the real you, what your national & state platforms advocate. Sorry, Ms. Hughes, but silence is just a cover-up. If you don't like the message, then change the policy, not muzzle those only speaking candidly about what Republicans really endorse.