This was reported by me over at KnowThyNeighbor and that Mary Z. Connaughton’s Press Secretary, Mike Flynn, does not want any topic outside of “what an auditor does” to be discussed. As a matter of fact, he told me that this is coming directly from the campaign itself. So, my 7 calls for a statement were not and probably will not be answered regarding Mary Z. Connaughton, her signature on an anti-gay petition or her stance on Equality for All Citizens.
Do we find this a surprise? I don’t. I have stood in the middle and reached to both sides of the aisle for so long, I understand exactly what is at play here. Republicans are being told from the top down NOT to discuss “social issues.” It worked for Scott Brown who avoided questioning on LGBT issues during his campaign. It will be Mitt Romney’s MO for future tries. And we are seeing it with Connaughton others.
Martha Coakley didn’t run to make a distinction between herself and Scott Brown of LGBT issues in a public way during her failed campaign. Will Suzanne Bump choose to take the lead from the Republicans and think her campaign can win against Mary Connaughton solely on “job description” without pointing out or drawing out potential anti-gay stances by Connaughton?
The conservatives within the GOP have recently demanded that their candidates discuss social issues. One might think that avoidance of LGBT issues must therefore signify the rise of the Republican Moderate…I would not be so sure.
This race for State Auditor leaves us with alot of unanswered questions. But the one thing I know for sure is that IF that nasty, anti-gay petition had made it to the voters and was successful (which I believe it would have been), same gender couples would have been left unprotected in this state. Our children would have suffered, our partners would have suffered and we ourselves would have no rights. AND Mary Z. Connaughton signed THAT petition.