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Scott Lively’s Running for Governor Again

Jim Burroway

October 2nd, 2013

Lively first indicated that he was considering a run a year ago. His 2010 attempt as a write-in candidate ended pretty much as you would expect. This time, he’s serious:

After long contemplation and prayer I am convinced that I should run for Governor of Massachusetts. I will run as an independent.

…As a long-time favorite target of extreme “gay” and leftist slander I have skin thicker than a rhinoceros and cannot be intimidated or manipulated by critics or the media. As someone who voluntarily gave up a lucrative and growing law practice in preference for a non-materialistic missionary lifestyle, I cannot be corrupted by money or big-spending lobbyists. As a church and university lecturer and government consultant on family issues and human rights with service in more than 30 countries, I interact comfortably with leaders from widely diverse backgrounds and cultures, and can draw from a deep reservoir of personal experience for problem-solving. As an author of five books and veteran of more than 700 radio and television interviews, I know how to communicate effectively. As the founder and lead attorney of the Christian Mediation Center I know how to bring hostile opposing parties to a mutually agreeable compromise. These are all valuable skills that a chief executive must possess.

I am not a politician and will not become one to run for office. I will conduct no polling. I will not lie about my positions to earn votes I don’t deserve. I will plainly say what I believe and what I would do as governor. On the many issues on which I do not have a strong opinion I will say so, and yield to the views that seem most beneficial to the state. Where my views differ from the majority on issues that are most important to me I will try to win the voters to my reasoning rather than pander to the majority. I will not compromise my principles to win political office. I expect this approach will be appealing to a great many people.

In the next few days I will file my paperwork with the state and open a bank account. I will then begin raising money with which to campaign.

I expect to often be asked by reporters what I think my prospects are for winning this election.  To this I reply that it would take a miracle from God for Scott Lively to become Governor of Massachusetts — and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  God should get the glory for any good thing that comes from this campaign.  So don’t expect me to campaign like a politician.  I will do nothing more than travel the state to offer what I believe are Biblical solutions to Massachusetts’ problems — and leave the rest to Almighty God.

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Gene in L.A.
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

I think he’ll be, as he has been, his own worst enemy. If he runs as an independent, maybe he’ll draw votes away from the Republican candidate.

Odie
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

That guy is creepy. I know for a fact people in Oregon don’t like him. What makes him think Massachusetts will be any different??

Ray
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

I just sprained something when I did that eye roll.

I’m just hoping he throws lots and lots of money at his campaign because nothing would be more pleasing to me than to see him lose it and it’s frankly an impossibility for this creep to win. Hoping he blows a big wad on his campaign. His funders obviously don’t know how poisonous he is.

Mark
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

As a … consultant on family issues and human rights with service in more than 30 countries

Lively conveniently forgets to mention that his expertise is in destroying families and eroding human rights.

TampaZeke
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

This is what happens when we as a country keep moving the goal posts on what qualifies as insanity. As America lurches more and more toward the insane right, people like Lively become emboldened and start to believe that they are mainstream and electable; and unfortunately in some cases (in their communities) they’re right! Cases in point, Bachmann, Palin, Delgaudio, etc.

Richard Rush
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

“After long contemplation and prayer I am convinced that I should run for Governor . . .”

Today’s lesson: Sometimes, God just wants to have fun.

Joseph Singer
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Massachusetts is a progressive state. Why would anyone vote for this guy who would take Massachusetts back to the ’50s (the 1850’s?)

Lord_Byron
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

So, if he doesn’t win, which is what will happen, does that mean god doesn’t exist or was it just another moment of god acting mysteriously?

I only bring this up because in the last election all of the GOP said that god wanted them to run.

Ed Allan
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Well, if he draws money from sociopaths that might otherwise go to Republicans, THAT would be a good thing.

I hope that in addition to being sued in a real court for promoting state-sponsored pogroms, Bay State voters should be reminded that this transplant first gained notoriety in Massachusetts for hiring a convicted child molester to run a coffee shop intended to serve as a purported safe space for high school drop-outs and other teen-agers at particular risk.

Rick2L
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

He’s confused thick skin with thick head.

Timothy Kincaid
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

This may prove to be delightful.

“Sometimes, God just wants to have fun.”

Absolutely. And I’ve learned that about the time that some loon starts declaring that God said this or that (which just happens to coincide with what their ego said), wackiness occurs. Perhaps voting booths in conservative district will spontaneously combust, or maybe Lively will be attacked by a swarm of lobster, but something fun will surely happen.

Lord_Byron
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

@Timothy

Just thought I’d share this quote from Susan B Anthony
“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

SharonB
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

clearly delusional.

Timothy Kincaid
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Thanks Byron. Great quote.

And … just to venture off into religionland for a moment … I marvel that they never notice that it’s the complete opposite of scriptural precedent. Almost all of the prophets in the Bible tried their very hardest NOT to have to tell people what God wanted.

Jonah hopped a ship in the opposite direction, Isaiah objected that he couldn’t because he was, well, a potty-mouth, Moses stuttered and required a miracle (burning bush) to be convinced, Paul was temporarily blinded. In general, proclaiming what God said/wanted/thought was not something you took up lightly.

In fact, declaring what God wants/thinks/plans/says is a very big risk, biblically. It’s one of the Ten Big No-No’s. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Okay, back from tangent.

cowboy
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Back on a tangent: it’s a pod of lobsters.

Timothy Kincaid
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Personally, I prefer a pot of lobsters, a plate of lobsters, or even a roll of lobsters.

Priya Lynn
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Mmmmm….lobster argghhrrrgurglearrgh

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Dave H
October 2nd, 2013 | LINK

I welcome Scott Lively’s candidacy for governor of Massachusetts. Whatever time and money he spends on this quixotic quest is time and money he can’t spend on something that is more dangerous to us.

Tara TASW
October 4th, 2013 | LINK

It’s just grift. Send him money for his “campaign,” he’ll get himself a nice new wardrobe and some free vacations.

Richard
October 7th, 2013 | LINK

Im sure this lot will be supporting him
http://www.massresistance.org/

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