Conservative activist Brian Camenker says his 10,000-word report on Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s record is “spreading,” according to the New Republic magazine.
“While most of Romney’s flipflops on social issues are generally known, the excruciating detail of Camenker’s report might make it tough for conservatives to embrace Romney,” New Republic senior editor Ryan Lizza reports.
Mr. Camenker, an activist with MassResistance, a Waltham, Mass., conservative organization, “takes readers through Romney’s promise to be a greater champion of gay rights than Ted Kennedy, his support for the rights of same-sex couples who adopt children, his embrace of civil unions, his opposition to the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters. Camenker reminds his fellow conservatives that Romney appointed numerous openly gay men and women, including the state employee responsible for adding a box to driver’s license re- newal forms to indicate whether the applicant’s sex has changed. He points out, with links to many interesting pictures, that the governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth [. . .] organized a ‘Youth Pride Day’ and ‘Transgender Proms.’ ”
The response to the MassResistance report has been less than enthusiastic from Republicans who view Mr. Romney as the best alternative to Arizona Sen. John McCain as their party’s 2008 presidential nominee.
“We’re getting a lot of negative reaction from Republicans. [. . .] ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you attacking Romney? He’s better than [former New York Mayor Rudoph W.] Giuliani and McCain,’ ” Mr. Camenker tells the New Republic.
“I’ve always accused liberals of going with their emotions, not thinking things through, and generally being stupid and having a very shallow way of looking at the issues. [. . .] I’m finding the same thing on our side.”