The Globe has an interesting report about Congressman Lynch being the only member of MA delegation not to sign on to a brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down DOMA.
Lynch’s people blame an “email glitch” as the reason Lynch did not sign. Apparently he would have signed if he had known about the brief. That strikes me as suspicious. Was there really only a single missed email? That seems unlikely. I would also be surprised that Lynch and his staff are not dialed in enough to the Democratic leadership that they would not know about the brief.
The Lynch campaign is floating a conspiracy theory about the email glitch.
In a follow-up tweet, Lynch campaign spokesman Conor Yunits called the e-mail glitch “convenient given D.C. effort to choose candidate.” Much of the Democratic establishment in Washington threw its support behind Markey in the opening days of the race.
That seems like a dumb and counterproductive thing for the Democratic leadership to engage in. I doubt we will ever know what is really going on, but it all seems a bit bizarre.
The far more interesting thing in the article are the votes that kept Lynch from getting HRC’s highest rating:
Lynch was dinged for not supporting two pieces of legislation backed by the Human Rights Campaign: a proposal seeking to bestow the same immigration benefits to gay immigrants as those enjoyed by heterosexuals, and an extension of spousal health care and other benefits to federal civilian employees.
Those are bad votes, really bad votes.