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Massachusetts GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Touts Relationship with Gay Brother in New Ad: VIDEO


Charlie Baker, a Republican candidate for the Massachusetts governor's office being vacated by retiring Governor Deval Patrick, touts his relationship with his gay brother Alex in a new ad which tells the story of how Alex came out to him, the Boston Globe reports:

That conversation, along with a video of the pair that Charlie Baker’s gubernatorial campaign released Thursday, are key components in the Baker campaign’s efforts to recalibrate his public image, presenting the GOP candidate in softer — and, his advisers would say, more genuine — tones.

That contrasts with the harder-edged image Charlie Baker projected in his failed 2010 bid for governor, when he sometimes seemed more interested in tough fiscal policies than connecting with voters.

The release of the video of the Baker brothers coincides with Saturday’s 10-year anniversary of the first gay weddings in Massachusetts and the nation, a landmark date for social liberals. It helps Charlie Baker distance himself from the socially conservative wing of the Republican Party, appealing to independents who are critical to his success in the November election.

Some unmoved LGBT advocates tell the Globe that Baker was unwilling to take a stronger position on marriage equality in 2004 when it was needed, even though Baker knew his brother was gay at the time.

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. -_-

    Posted by: Ryan | May 16, 2014 6:09:52 PM

  2. so was baker at his brother's wedding? any of the rest of the family? and what has he done since to improve the lot of glbt massachusettsites

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 16, 2014 6:18:56 PM

  3. Cynical much??

    Posted by: Rowan | May 16, 2014 6:26:18 PM

  4. So his brother is gay.
    He's still a Republican.
    No thanks.

    Posted by: james street james | May 16, 2014 6:38:01 PM

  5. Even when he ran last time he was for gay marriage, non-discrimination, etc. I don't get what more you queens want. Imma vote for him, hope he's in the parade this year!

    Posted by: Carmelo | May 16, 2014 6:46:34 PM

  6. He can tout all he wants, but doesn't the Mass. GOP platform still oppose SSM?

    You'd think a candidate for governor would have some influence over that...

    Posted by: BobN | May 16, 2014 7:34:57 PM

  7. "...that Baker was unwilling to take a stronger position on marriage equality in 2004 when it was needed, even though Baker knew his brother was gay at the time."

    All anyone needs to know about this chump.

    Posted by: Sergio | May 16, 2014 7:41:06 PM

  8. Dear Mr. Baker,
    If your brother is gay and you support him, WTF are you doing in the GOP ?
    Did you take the thirty pieces of silver sometime to betray our values and our rights ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 16, 2014 7:50:22 PM

  9. They can talk-the-talk but not walk-the-walk. Walk with your brother in the Boston Pride Parade. No GOP would, not even the gay Tisei so you lost the gay/progressive vote.

    Posted by: Sam | May 16, 2014 8:05:36 PM

  10. Recall that back in 2004, there was no shortage of Massachusetts Democrats also unwilling to take a strong stand on marriage equality--and some who were working against it. Let's be even-handed here and hold all politicians accountable and not let some non-marriage equality supporting Democrats get lost in the gay marriage crowd and evade their past. I'm all for allowing that people can change, but they've got to concede that they were wrong ever to oppose marriage equality in the first place.

    Posted by: Jim | May 16, 2014 8:36:17 PM

  11. Interesting that the same queens criticizing him voted for Obama the first time before he "evolved" on gay marriage. Or the same queens who supported the democrats (Clinton primarily) who voted for DOMA. Good to see hypocrisy alive and well

    Posted by: Perry | May 16, 2014 9:00:04 PM

  12. Ok apparently towleroad just eats all my posts and doesn't show them.. I give up.

    Posted by: wooflikeabear | May 16, 2014 9:35:13 PM

  13. One more try since that whine post of mine did post..

    In case anyone has forgotten, Charlie Baker is the guy who picked virulently anti-gay teabagger Karyn Polito as his running mate in his last bid for Governor. Karyn Polito voted for a constitutional amendment banning our marriages, voted to prevent the repeal of the racist 1913 law that prevented out of staters from marrying here, voted against transgender hate crime laws or allowing the Mass DMV from changing transgender people's gender on their drivers licenses. If that wasn't enough she backed anti-gay bills written by Brian Camenker. This is what Massachusetts Republicans are still about. The only reason Charlie Baker is slightly better is because he has a gay brother. Otherwise he's the typical Republican mindset of "I've got mine, f you" where they are such sociopaths, they cannot relate to another person's experiences unless they are related to them.

    Posted by: wooflikeabear | May 16, 2014 9:36:42 PM

  14. its definitely a case of "hey, ive got gay family so I cant be as bad as you thought I was.."

    yeah, pull the other one.

    its clear to anyone following your record that youre no friend to the gay community.

    much like mitt romney... a Massachusetts republican is still a republican...

    Posted by: andrew | May 16, 2014 11:37:05 PM

  15. Perry sounds very much like your typical gay Republican.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | May 17, 2014 12:35:55 AM

  16. If my being gay was a single issue .... yet the fact is Mr. Baker is still a "republican" who loves his gay brother ... a nice individual in a HORRIBLE party

    Posted by: MarkBoston | May 17, 2014 1:02:14 AM

  17. The issue of gay equality isn't just a matter of individual politicians but it is also a matter of party politics, and on that level the Republican Party is a total fail.

    If the Republican Party had held power for the last two decades gay people would be invisible.

    The "gay agenda" is equality and the Republicans are opposed to it. It is THAT simple. If any gay votes go to Republicans it just delays civil rights for gay people.

    I make a point of saying "gay people" because we are first of all people, and only happen to be "gay." Republicans don't even acknowledge that simple truth.

    Posted by: james street james | May 17, 2014 8:20:52 AM

  18. I give him credit for making this ad - it's great. But I still couldn't vote for the GOP - most of the party is full of hatred, for gays, women, immigrants, the poor, minorities, etc X10000

    Posted by: Honesty | May 19, 2014 7:22:12 AM

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