The EFM Feature

You may have noticed Kansas senator Sam Brownback issued a press release Monday, declaring he has the support of “key social conservative leaders in Massachusetts,” positioning himself as the true standard bearer of social conservatism. It was nothing less than a shot across Gov. Romney’s bow.
However, other conservative activists are speaking out about their experiences working with Gov. Romney, according to a leaked document in the Boston Globe.

“For four years, Governor Romney has been right there beside us, providing leadership on key issues — whether it was politically expedient to do so or not,” reads a draft of the letter, whose top signatory is Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute and a close Romney ally on social issues. “He has stood on principle, and we have benefited greatly from having him with us.”

Why would these activists be willing to speak out?

“A number of us that have worked with the administration the last four years on a number of key family and social issues, we feel that there’s some bad press going on out there from some quarters to try to vilify his stand on social issues,” said Mineau, who has led the fight against same-sex marriage.

In other words, these renowned, respected, and hard-working conservative activists simply want to set the record straight.
According to Kathryn Jean Lopez, even some of the activists who signed on with Brownback take issue with MassResistance’s inaccurate characterization of Gov. Romney:

Dwight Duncan, one of the Brownback endorsers, told NRO last week that the contention that Romney is to blame for the state of marriage in Massachusetts is really “over the top.” According to Duncan, a professor at the Southern New England School of Law, “On the whole, [Romney] has been consistent in defending marriage as traditionally understood. Furthermore, his use of the bully pulpit and the courts has been unquestionably instrumental in getting the legislature to finally fulfill its constitutional duty and vote on the citizen-initiated constitutional amendment regarding marriage. Unfortunately, the political culture up here is such that it has become nothing short of amazing for legislators to do their job and vote on a controversial social issue.”

And our own David French had a little something to say on the issue:

“Within Massachusetts this is not really a pure ‘he said, she said’ argument amongst equal advocates,” French asserts in an interview with NRO. “Truth be told, many of the Massachusetts critics just don’t have equivalent stature as the governor’s local social conservative supporters. They are no doubt earnest and arguably well-meaning (though some of their material seems flavored with a special kind of malice). But the substance of their argument boils down to a bunch of old statements, frankly bizarre constitutional arguments, and disagreements about how much authority — regardless of cost in political and moral capital — the governor should have wielded over a few low-level bureaucrats with the administration (such as the tiny Massachusetts Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth).”

More to come from David on MassResistance’s “bizarre constitutional arguments.” Stay tuned.

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