Skip to comments.Conservatives may pull support from Bakerís campaign
Posted on 12/10/2013 8:18:00 PM PST by massmike
Social conservative activists are threatening to walk away from Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker after his running mate, former state representative Karyn E. Polito, reversed her position this week, endorsing gay marriage.
The Baker campaign, looking to placate social conservatives, said late Thursday that Polito considers same sex unions to be accepted law. But the campaign would not make Polito available to be interviewed about her position.
According to a GOP insider, in choosing Polito, Baker strategists insisted that she soften her opposition to gay marriage if she were to join the ticket. The compromise which would blunt some of the criticisms that she was flip-flopping was for Polito to state that gay marriage is settled law and that she would not do anything to undo it.
The issue quickly came to a head after Baker and Polito appeared at a Shrewsbury diner to announce their ticket on Tuesday. A Globe reporter then inquired of a Baker campaign aide about Polito's position on gay marriage. The aide, who did not want to be quoted, replied that Polito favored the current gay marriage law.
In an e-mail exchange, the Globe asked whether it would be fair to say she favored gay marriage, and the aide replied that it would. That exchange was reflected in a Globe article Wednesday.
That clear-cut declaration eliminated the carefully designed nuance and set off a firestorm within social conservative circles, where Polito has been very popular.
Baker has struggled to appease social conservatives before. During his 2010 campaign, he faced controversy after choosing Senate minority leader Richard Tisei a gay, Republican who supports abortion rights as his running mate.
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another conservative playing kissy face with a lib gets axed.
I notice that ‘settled law’, aka, ‘law of the land’, applies to everything except the Constitution.
Social issues do matter and the homosexual agenda is incredibly corrosive to our culture, I say conservatives should pull their support.
Which one is which?
How come not having gay marriage, which was the case for over 200 years, was never the settled law of the land?
It’s Massachusetts, what’s a Republican running for state office for anyway?
Maybe if the Libertarians would put down their bongs and run a candidate too...
She is going to “soften” her position?
How no one stands by principles any more? You want to have a finger-in-the-wind on your ticket?
Why in the world would a social conservative be stupid enough to support her?
real conservatives ,the blue collar, hardcore, take no prisoners, type of conservatism, is in a battle of will with the blue bloods. Until they stop kicking against the voters that put them over the top in the 70’s, 80’s etc. they will still be in the minority. Real conservatism is a heart issue , not an economic decision. It originates in our founding as a nation. We are the builder, the bus driver, the plumbers, the teachers (closeted conservatives), the mechanics, salesmen, delivery drivers, and factory workers (mostly non union) that do the heavy lifting and are so close to starving ourselves that we really don’t have any place to go but up , realizing all the while that social, and fiscal conservatism are the only answers to our problems.
Looks like I'll be sitting-out another state election or writing in another candidate.
She's no Palin,but.....
Who cares. He’ll lose anyway. Pathetic.
Conservatism is not from a socioeconomic position. So enough of the Blue Blood v Blue collar on it, please.
The constitution was not written with class warfare in mind. In fact it was written by educated people with theirs and the Peoples’ interests in mind.
Not a class envy deal at all, and there’s no room for such.
This State needs a real tea party
WHAT IS WITH REPUBLICANS IN MASS? ARE ALL PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE (or at least 99%) DUMB?
No, I don’t think they are dumb, they are just more enlightened and educated than the rest of us, doncha know?/s
Yea, especially in BAAAAHSTON, I guess..
Massachusetts needs social conservatism so badly that it doesn’t know how to, successfully, achieve it. Many decades of “leftist only politics, everywhere in Massachusetts” has made the Massachusetts GOP nutty and “Democratic Party Light”, instead of, always, being a conservative party on all of the issues. Ditto, all other long-term “politically blue” areas of the U.S. and U.S. territories. Most of the rest of the world continues to be “stuck on leftist politics”, too. Hence, my tagline.
MORE bad news from the Bay State:
Massachusetts voters fail again!
Democrat Clark wins Mass. congressional race
According to Clark’s campaign literature that we’ve seen:
Says she’ll fight against the Republican “war on women.”
Is solidly pro-abortion. Funded by Emily’s List. Will fight for continued public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Will strongly support “LGBT rights.” Was endorsed by MassEquality.
Pro-gun control. Says she “will work to end the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress.”
In past elections, she’s also been endorsed by the ultra-left Democratic Socialists of America.
Baker is a leftist. Why vote for a phony Republican Socialist when you can elect an authentic Stalinist Democrat ?
At present, Massachusetts seems hopeless, as even the rural counties are Democrat. Remember that at one time, Oklahoma was a hotbed of Populist radicalism, and the IWW had its greatest strength in Rocky Mountain states that are now mostly conservative. Things can change, although I don't see how it will occur in the short run.
Thank you for your consistent, informative posts from the dark side.
When a self described conservative , life long politician, twice elected governor and sitting U.S. Senator has to have 200,000 calls and e-mails from constituents, to figure out how he should vote on BUSH'S amnesty plan we start to wonder.
We need to provide solid conservative, constitutional, candidates and the conservative middle class will respond with seats in congress. America is desperate for candidates that don't have to have focus group results , to tell them when to breath. Candidates that have a conservative gene in their DNA. People that can articulate the message properly because it is what they believe , not what gets them elected.
If you think focus groups is about blue collar vs blue blood, youll have to point out exactly what makes that true
The point is not the blue collar , blue blood issue. The point is that the wealthy , permanently affixed , senators, are so far removed from the lives of the people they ,purportedly, represent , that they must have all kinds of advice on what to say and do. If they are what they say they are , they would instinctively KNOW what there districts want and need.
It would not take a riot in the making of 200,000 voters, expressing outrage, threatening a primary defeat,(which is probably going to happen this cycle), to convince the guy that WE DO NOT AGREE with a deal that creates an instant 20 million new citizens that will vote at a rate of 90% DNC in the next 4 presidential elections at least. More if the nanny state can keep them down with food stamps, free medical care and welfare.
So don’t oversimplify this down to a blue on blue issue. It is far more important than that. It is in fact a do what you say when you were elected issue. It IS A STICK TO YOUR GUNS ISSUE. Harry Reid has pulled some of the most horrendus power plays in Senatorial history and these week kneed, jellyfish are begging for more by not fighting back hard. Wars have begun over less than the issues facing our nation right now and our senators had better keep this in mind. This is a fight for our existence. If I am required to live under the boot heal of communism then I had just assume be dead. If communism and death are equal to me then what have I to lose by moving to a different level of “political discourse”. Seems logical to me.
Charlie Baker has revealed that his brother is gay so he will support gay marriage etc. Is there a pattern here? Deval Patrick’s daughter is a lesbian, he walked in a gay pride parade with her, Charlie Baker’s brother is gay—what is going on here? Are the gay organizations screening all the candidates for both parties?