Romney spinning right after turning to the left
Joan Vennochi, THE BOSTON GLOBE
Take Romney's war on gay marriage in Massachusetts. The governor is asking the state's highest court to force a referendum on a proposed amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Obviously, Romney is laboring hard to establish his social-conservative credentials for upcoming Republican primaries.
But, as a recent opinion piece in Bay Windows, New England's largest publication for lesbians and gays, noted, "Anyone thinking of supporting Romney's bid for president because of his socially conservative views on gay people should know a few things about the governor."
Among the items writer Susan Ryan-Vollmar notes: When he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994, Romney wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club, pledging that as "we seek to establish full equality for American gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent." During that same campaign, Romney was accused of once describing gay people as "perverse." In response, Romney's campaign vehemently denied he used the word "perverse" and said he respected "all people regardless of their race, creed, or sexual orientation."
While running for governor in 2002, Romney and his running mate, Kerry Healey, distributed pink fliers at a Gay Pride parade, declaring "Mitt and Kerry wish you a great Pride weekend." He backed domestic partner benefits for public employees. In his inaugural speech, he promised to defend civil rights "regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or race."
As governor, he appointed openly gay and lesbian people to high-profile administration positions. He doubled the budget line item for the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, until he tried to disband it last May.
I have said numerous times that Romney is not my first choice for the GOP nod. I am beginning to wonder if Utah Policy Daily should be called, "Mitt Romney Campaign Central Newsletter." Romney's flips will hurt him with the social conservatives. McCain and Guiliani aren't social conservatives, but I like Rudy because I at least know where he stands.