Our still-not-illustrious governor, Williard Mitt Romney, will try to distance himself from his inaction on same-sex marriage yet again today. He stands with some of the worst of the forces pushing the anti-SSM amendment at a press conference.
Short coverage from the Herald is here and from the Globe is here.
Two weeks before the ConCon to consider the amendment to stop SSM, Romney will stand with the likes of Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, whose VoteOnMarriage.org arm has gotten this amendment to the ConCon.
Romney has been courting the most conservative voters in early Presidential primary states like South Carolina. One of his image issues has been to separate himself from his wishy-washy non-leadership on SSM when it was discussed and then mandated here. He was no enemy of SSM here and his inertia combined with the inaction by the General Court forced the Supreme Judicial Court to act first.
Now his position concentrates on the matter at hand. He is recently wont to say as Mineau puts it, "Gov. Mitt Romney has supported this amendment from the moment of its origination." Of course, his detractors note the sheer politicial expedience of his suddenly coming down the aisle speaking in tongues on this issue. Halelujah! Mitt's been saved!
An amusing angle is that Romney is out of here at the end of the year. The amendment appears to be doomed, either at this ConCon or the 2007 one. Under the remote chance that it gets on the ballot in 2008, it will most certainly lose big in a state that has long moved beyond this issue. Yet, our Cap'n Brylcreem doesn't care. He doesn't have to -- he's a candidate.
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