Rom­ney’s laun­dry

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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