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Mass Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Is Pro-Gay

Jim Burroway

July 30th, 2009

A fiscal conservative and pro-gay in Massachusetts. Could this be the future of the Republican Party?

Republican Charles D. Baker officially entered the governor’s race this morning, filing his paperwork and then swiftly launching into an attack of Governor Deval Patrick’s handling of the state’s budget and economy.

Baker immediately pledged not to raise taxes as governor, and even said he would try to lower the state’s increased sales tax – which will go from 5 percent to 6.25 percent on Saturday – if he is elected.

…He said he was prochoice and was in favor of gay marriage – “My brother’s gay, and he’s married, and he lives in Massachusetts, so I’m for it. Is that straight enough?”

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Grant
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Voters will be skeptical, though. We heard the same thing from Mittens!

Pender
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

What? When did Romney ever claim to be in favor of marriage equality?

Matt
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Back in ’93 or ’94. He was surprisingly more leftist than Kennedy back then.

David
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Charlie Baker is part of Governor Bill Weld’s band of Northeast Republicans — fiscally conservative and socially progressive. This was very popular in Massachusetts in the 1990s.

There aren’t many of these around any more.

John
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

I’d love to see this on the national level as well…

Burr
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Finally voters might have a choice instead of being held hostage by one party due to the sheer idiocy of the other.

RDM
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

I’d like to know if he supports Mass suing the feds over DOMA. That “lives in Massachusetts” qualifier was a red flag for me.

Burr
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Huh?

I took that to mean he’s proud of the fact that he didn’t have to go to another state to get married. Or something like that..

Now that the suits already been filed I doubt there’s much to be done about it.

JJQR
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

It probably is the future of the Republican party. Don’t forget how all polls show the younger white (and Hispanic) U.S. populations are overwhelmingly for all same-sex rights.

Gary Cozette
July 30th, 2009 | LINK

Right. And so was Mitt Romney.

Ohio Joe
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

Deep down, Romney is probably still really more liberal than his 2008 presidential campaign would lead us to believe, and probably more conservative than his tenure as Mass. governor would lead us to believe. That’s the ugliness on national politics… They all have to appeal to “the base” to get nominated.

Pender
July 31st, 2009 | LINK

Maybe so, Ohio Joe, but I’m not sure why it matters. I’m told by his supporters that Obama “secretly” believes in marriage equality, but his secret beliefs don’t help when his non-secret actions undermine us at every moment of truth, and I’m not even sure it’s morally better for a politician to act in a way that he knows is wrong than to act in a way that he mistakenly thinks is right.

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