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Baker looks both ways on gay rights (Loving his gay pet rock)
http://www.boston.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | By Joan Vennochi

Posted on 04/28/2010 9:56:21 AM PDT by Maelstorm

WHICH CHARLIE Baker is running for governor? The one who picked “a gay fella’’ as his running mate? Or the one who ran from a bill sponsored by the “gay fella’’ the moment conservatives turned up the political heat?

Baker, the GOP candidate who hopes to topple Governor Deval Patrick, was once famously described as the smartest man in state government. So far, he isn’t running the smartest campaign.

As a candidate, he seems stiff, unsure, and overly defensive. And, now, Baker is starting to look far too eager to please the Sarah Palin crowd.

Consider the clumsy turnaround he did on a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of “gender identity or expression.’’ Social conservatives have dubbed it “the bathroom bill,’’ contending it would sanction unisex bathrooms and locker rooms. But Baker, a Harvard-educated wonk, knows better. Harvard Pilgrim, the health insurer he headed until recently, had a similar policy forbidding discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Yet, pressed by delegates at the Republican state convention, Baker vowed to veto the proposal, which was co-sponsored by his openly gay running mate, state Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei. Defending himself afterwards, Baker insisted he wasn’t bowing to the scare-mongers.

“I think a guy who supports gay marriage and is pro-choice and has been pretty clear on those and picked a gay fella as his running mate is pretty much not pandering to much of anybody,’’ he said, resting his hand on Tisei’s shoulder.

Think again, Charlie. Treating Tisei like a gay pet rock while abandoning his cause is pandering — very awkward pandering.

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1 posted on 04/28/2010 9:56:21 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Eaker

Relevant to your interests ping.


2 posted on 04/28/2010 9:57:04 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner
“I think a guy who supports gay marriage and is pro-choice and has been pretty clear on those and picked a gay fella as his running mate is pretty much not pandering to much of anybody,’’ he said, resting his hand on Tisei’s shoulder.

GOP candidate?

3 posted on 04/28/2010 10:01:55 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Maelstorm
Tisei

Is that how you say "sissy" with a lisp?

4 posted on 04/28/2010 10:02:43 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (I can see November from my house!)
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To: Maelstorm; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...
Baker is a Romney-clone, selected without the Peoples’ vote.

Baker's much more conservative competition is Cahill.

“(RomneyCARE) has nearly bankrupted the state.
They promised us it was going to bring down costs,”
Cahill, referring to then-Gov. Mitt Romney
and other political leaders who crafted the state health-care law.
“As treasurer, maybe I should have questioned it more, but I wasn’t at the table,
I wasn’t asked to comment on it,
and what I’ve seen over the last four years has frightened me,
in terms of what the costs are.”

5 posted on 04/28/2010 10:03:51 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Diogenesis

Cahill is running second in the race and every conservative Republican should get behind him. It will be a big slap in the politically anointed crowd that is the Mass GOP. Who ever heard of not having primaries? I thought only Democrats did that.


6 posted on 04/28/2010 10:07:29 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: Eaker
>>GOP candidate?
 
R.I.N.O.

7 posted on 04/28/2010 10:07:53 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Maelstorm; wagglebee
Consider the clumsy turnaround he did on a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of “gender identity or expression.’’ Social conservatives have dubbed it “the bathroom bill,’’ contending it would sanction unisex bathrooms and locker rooms. But Baker, a Harvard-educated wonk, knows better. Harvard Pilgrim, the health insurer he headed until recently, had a similar policy forbidding discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

I don't see a refutation of the claim, just "he knows better". Where is the evidence?

PENN has unisex bathrooms on campus in the dorms and has for decades.

8 posted on 04/28/2010 10:10:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Maelstorm
Little Dick Tissei is looking spiffy in that picture. His hair is MARVELOUS!
9 posted on 04/28/2010 10:22:46 AM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: Albion Wilde

Typically I spell it with two s’s. There is a reason but my post would be expunged if I said why.


10 posted on 04/28/2010 10:23:51 AM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: Albion Wilde

A local Democrat. A “Universal Delegate” to their convention no less, called him that to me on several occasions. I said I thought the Democrats were the party of tolerance. He exploded, the fraud that he is.


11 posted on 04/28/2010 1:06:22 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: MSF BU

He usually wears a fedora. He was a good state senator and I supported him until he went full blown anti-traditional values on me. He had the worst kept secret in his district. He never made it an issue. Then when he became titular head of the GOP in MA he and Jennifer Nassour both announce that MassGOP would no longer support those values. Well then, who will?


12 posted on 04/28/2010 1:11:11 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Maelstorm
As a candidate, he seems stiff, unsure, and overly defensive.

A hard man is good to find...

13 posted on 04/28/2010 1:15:02 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: massgopguy
He was a good state senator and I supported him until he went full blown anti-traditional values on me.

GROAN!!!

14 posted on 04/28/2010 1:15:57 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Impy

See this ?


15 posted on 04/28/2010 4:39:34 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Maelstorm

I agree; it will be an even bigger slap if Baker goes down while Perry and Hudak go to congress. Scott Brown is going to be vital in October/November this year.


16 posted on 04/28/2010 4:42:31 PM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Nope. Thank you for sharing FM. Baker is making Patrick look better, a feat I thought was darn near impossible.

I will state it here, today and now:

If Tim Cahill were to drop out of the race for whatever reason I will vote for Deval Patrick over Chazz Baker. Baker is a Crist-type RINO.


17 posted on 04/28/2010 5:10:57 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

I wouldn’t do that.

But there are cases when the proper vote is to bring some dog crap with you into the polling place smear it on your unmarked ballot and cast it.

A good example. Louisiana Gubernatorial runoff 1991.


18 posted on 04/29/2010 2:48:39 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: massgopguy; Elsie; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA
"He usually wears a fedora."

To ruin the look for straight guys? What a jerk.

"He was a good state senator"

I have trouble believing that.

19 posted on 04/29/2010 2:54:05 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: massgopguy
...I said I thought the Democrats were the party of tolerance. He exploded, the fraud that he is.


20 posted on 04/29/2010 7:02:01 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (I can see November from my house!)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; massgopguy; BillyBoy
Not vote for Coupe? If it was just him and Baker, at this point I would. Dog crap? Hmmm...I don't think the scan tron machine would like that - don't want to get charged with will full destruction of public property. Great idea though.

Tisei: I didn't know he was a swish before a couple months ago. I heard him on Howie Carr a couple times in the past, and he sounded fairly conservative. But he ain't.

Maybe Tisei and Chazz Crist can run for something...President and VP of the Conch Republic maybe? Tito Ortiz can be Sec. of Defense. “PILLOW FIGHT!”

21 posted on 04/29/2010 8:28:10 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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