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How Unpopular Is Mitt Romney In Massachusetts?

Scott_brownMitt Romney never expected to win his adopted home state of Massachusetts in November, despite having briefly governed it. Still, the degree to which he's not-winning MA must be a little painful. Yesterday, the Republican Sen. Scott Brown -- the former Cosmo centerfold who won Teddy Kennedy's seat in 2009, and who's currently locked in a hugely expensive, closely contested race with Democratic it-girl Elizabeth Warren -- began airing television ads in which he touts a seeming endorsement, not from his own party's presidential nominee, but from President Barack Obama.

The New York Times reports that the ad shows Barack Obama complimenting Scott Brown on his championing of a bill to stop insider trading in Congress. "Good job," the president tells Brown. For some reason, the ad hasn't yet appeared on Brown's website.

From the Times:

... in this state, Mr. Obama is so popular that candidates from both parties are trying to hitch their wagons to his star.

That approach would be unusual enough for a Democrat in a year in which many feel the need to distance themselves from the administration, but it is virtually unfathomable for a Republican. That both candidates are trying to leverage their ties to Mr. Obama underscores how popular the president is here and how unpopular his rival, Mitt Romney, is, even though he once served as the state’s governor. Mr. Obama is expected to carry Massachusetts overwhelmingly in November.

The Times reports that Brown has also aired ads touting his endorsement from various MA Democrats, including State Rep. Christopher G. Fallon.

Despite having on exactly one occasion praised Scott Brown, Barack Obama enthusiastically endorses his opponent, Mrs. Warren, who received a primetime speaking slot at last week's Democratic National Convention.


Boxer Micky Ward Pulls Scott Brown Endorsement Over Gay Rights


Republican Scott Brown meant to hold an event today in which Micky Ward, the boxer who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie The Fighter, would throw his weight behind the Massachusetts Senator's reelection campaign.

Ward, however, pulled out at the last minute because, much to his chagrin, Brown does not support labor unions or marriage equality.

"I can’t support Scott Brown. I just can’t do it," said Ward about a half-hour after telling The Sun of Lowell he was backing the Republican. "I found out Scott (Brown) is anti-union and I’m a Teamster guy. I found out he’s also against gay marriage, and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

The Massachusetts senate race is one of the most-watched in the country. Brown, who replaced late Sen. Ted Kennedy, is going up against progressive Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of marriage equality. Though Warren was up in earlier polls, Brown has again pulled ahead. A Public Policy Polling survey released this week puts him about 5 points ahead of Warren.

MA Senator Scott Brown Repeats Assertion That Gay Marriage is 'Settled Law', Won't Comment on DOMA

BrownOn the eve of the convention, the Boston Globe questions Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown on his positions regarding LGBT issues and the Republican platform.

Says the Brown campaign: “Scott Brown believes gay marriage is settled law in Massachusetts and it’s time to move on to issues like jobs and the economy. He opposes a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.”

Brown has made the "settled law" remarks before. Brown wouldn't comment on where he stands on DOMA.

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) Steps Carefully into Chick-fil-A Fray: 'I Disagree with What the CEO Said'

BrownSenator Scott Brown (R-MA) was asked about Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's letter to Chick-fil-A urging them to "back out" of Boston, and his own opinion on the controversy:

“I disagree with what the CEO from Chick-fil-A said. I was glad he spoke further and said that his company does not discriminate,” Brown wrote from his South Boston campaign headquarters.

Noting that Massachusetts has strong antidiscrimination laws that could prevent problems should the company decide to set up shop in Boston, Brown added, “If they move forward with the location proposal, I trust the mayor and other officials will ensure that those laws are honored.”

In case you missed it, over the weekend NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took a hard line on the issue, asking NYU President John Sexton to kick the chicken chain's restaurant off its campus.

Also, Nancy Pelosi said she prefers KFC, while Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray declared Chick-fil-A "hate chicken".

Scott Brown Encourages People to 'Move On' from Same-Sex Marriage, Though He Still Opposes It: VIDEO


Think Progress LGBT pulls a clip from Piers Morgan's forthcoming interview with Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

Brown tells Morgan he isn't touching marriage equality:

"Well, it’s settled law in Massachusetts. Quite frankly, everybody’s moved on....Certainly some people care. And others have moved on. But they’re really concerned about how they’re going to pay their mortgage. Both people, gay and straight, they’re wondering about how they’re going to pay their mortgage, or if their kids and families are going to come home safe as they travel around the country and the world....It’s debt, deficit, taxes, spending, jobs, national security. We’ve moved on. I encourage everyone else to move on. It should be decided state by state basis. I’m focusing on those other things."

Zack Ford reminds us: "Despite his disinterest in discussing the issue, Brown still opposes marriage equality. Just two weeks ago, Massachusetts Democrats were urging Brown to change his position, but he dismissed it as a 'social issue.' He has voted to ban same-sex marriage twice before, and he even refused to participate in an 'It Gets Better' video for LGBT youth with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation."


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Chris Christie Told 'Bigot Go Home' Outside of Scott Brown Fundraiser in Boston: VIDEO


Demonstrators angry about Chris Christie's veto of a marriage equality bill condemned the New Jersey governor when he arrived in Boston last night to endorse Senator Scott Brown at a fundraiser.

Cnn_christieOur tipster Matthew writes:

About 50 people showed up in Boston’s Copley Square on the frigid evening of Monday, March 5, 2012 to speak out against the appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a fundraiser for Republican Senator Scott Brown at the Westin Hotel. Christie angered equality advocates across the country on February 17, 2012 when he vetoed legislation which would have allowed same-sex couples to marry in the Garden State. The New Jersey Assembly passed same-sex marriage legislation by a vote of 42-33; the State Senate approved the bill on a vote of 24-16.

JTIMA Clerk Don Gorton emceed the event and pointed out that Christie’s appearance underscored Senator Brown’s stubborn opposition to marriage equality. “Bigots of a feather  ...” read one of the signs held up by protestors. Gorton said Christie’s veto was a temporary setback on an “inexorable path” to full federal equality. Gorton denounced the national Republican Party as an “obstacle” to LGBT equality.  “Same-sex marriage is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Gorton concluded. Activists will continue the fight as long as it takes.

Other speakers included James Croft of JTIMA and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; John Affuso, Political Co-Chair of the Boston Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign; and Ethan Harrison, Co-Chair of JTIMA. Mass Uniting and Jobs for Justice co-sponsored. The protest coincided with a separate demonstration calling attention to the financial support Brown receives from big oil and his opposition to measures to stop climate change.

After the speeches, protestors from both groups marched across Huntington Avenue to the sidewalk in front of the Westin Hotel, where they held signs denouncing Christie and Brown and chanted. A popular refrain was “Chris Christie Go Away/You’re Not Welcome in MA.” Attendees at the Scott Brown fundraising reception watched the protests from the windowed reception room on the 3rd floor of the Westin’s Copley Square location.

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