Is Smith a Republican? The article doesn’t say.
No, He’s a big DemocRAT. I doubt he’ll see any jail time. This is after-all, “democrats can do no wrong Massachusetts”.
Keep this in mind: Any time no party is listed you can bet your first born that the culprit in question is a Jackass. In this case the Dimocrat designation is given deep in the story to hide it since many readers don’t get that far.