Between the latest jabs being traded in the Massachusetts Senate race, it seems reasonable that this may have gotten lost in the furor or perhaps it was already known and forgotten.
Last night, I was on Twitter and saw a Mitt Romney tweet come up announcing Romney’s Catholic Coalition. Now, obvious this group is about defending religious liberty from the evils of government health care laws while discarding every other tenet of Catholic Social Teaching. So I starting reading and scroll down to the National Co-Chairs. At the very top of the list of supporters…Ray Flynn? Ambassador Ray Flynn in fact. Are there other ones?
Now since it seems Flynn has become a one-issue figure, it is not surprising that Flynn is supporting Romney. However, public support for Romney is a problem for one of Flynn’s other electoral choices: Scott Brown.
The novelty of Ray Flynn’s support for Brown is most eminently his Democratic party affiliation. This is an attempt to bolster Brown’s credibility with Democrats or Democratic leaning independents, namely the very ones that will likely vote for Barack Obama. However, Flynn is also supporting Romney. How can Brown rationally make an argument for those Obama voters to vote for him when one of chief boosters is not backing Obama at all.
I cannot confirm what other “prominent” Democrats supporting Brown are doing on the Presidential line. However, I do know that former Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan backed McCain over Gore in 2000 and it would not be a leap to see him supporting Romney this year, although I don’t know.
Either way, how effective is it to tout Democrats supporting you that also back the GOP presidential nominee, in a state where the GOP is destined to lose the presidential contest?