Baker/Tisei win MA GOP nomination

Timothy Kincaid

April 19th, 2010

The Republicans in Massachusetts have selected their nominee for Governor. And this year, they can choose between a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent, all of whom are pro-choice and all of whom support same-sex marriage.

Charles Baker, the Republican, had a primary opponent going into the state convention. Christy Mihos also supports gay marriage but believes that “the people should be able to vote on it.” As Mihos did not get at least 15% of the nomination vote, and Baker will be the candidate without a primary election vote.

The convention also endorsed Baker’s running mate, Senate minority leader Richard Tisei; as the sole candidate he won unanimously. If Tisei is elected as Lieutenant Governor, he will be the highest ranking openly gay politician in the nation.

It is six years since same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts and it is so non-controversial that there were no candidates who favor “traditional marriage” laws. And the one candidate who supports “let the people vote” wasn’t able to get more than 11% of Republican Party delegates to vote for him.

How does that fit with your “poll“, Maggie Gallagher?

Emily K

April 19th, 2010

I wish we had elections like this in PA.

Joey

April 20th, 2010

“It is six years since same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts and it is so non-controversial that there were no candidates who favor “traditional marriage” laws. And the one candidate who supports “let the people vote” wasn’t able to get more than 11% of Republican Party delegates to vote for him.”

I know! And that’s why I wasn’t the least bit scared of the democratic process!

I’m proud to be a citizen of the first state to allow same-sex marriages. I don’t like how it was done, with gays acting running roughshod over dissenting voices. Some gays just think that they should always win every argument, no matter what.

I thought we could have won that vote. Massachusetts is a pretty liberal state. Heck, Massachusetts is synonymous with liberal. I would have been proud to cast my vote in favor of same sex marriage, but I was robbed of that opportunity. We robbed everyone of their opportunity to vote, regardless of which side they came down on.

David

April 20th, 2010

And this is better for Massachusetts as well. An election where gay rights aren’t a topic because everyone supports them is an election where one less social issue clouds debate on how to best run a state. The GLBT community and its supporters have a relative large set of candidates to choose from, and I hope they enjoy the feeling!

Jafuf

April 21st, 2010

FYI from the Boston.com site,

Governor Deval Patrick reiterated yesterday his support for a transgender rights bill, which has become an unexpected flashpoint in the governor’s race, and sought to use his rivals’ opposition to the legislation to raise money for his reelection campaign.

At issue is a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of “gender identity or expression.’’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker issued a flier Saturday to delegates at his party’s convention saying he would veto the bill, even though it is cosponsored by his running mate, Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei.

On Monday, state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, who is running for governor as an independent, issued a strongly worded statement saying that he, too, would veto the legislation.

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