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One response to “Dems lose critical 60th Senate seat in Mass.”

  1. Tom Lang

    I don’t care how many robo-calls Sciortino made in response to the NOM calls or how many fliers or phone banks MassEquality sent/manned, the topic of LGBT rights was kept out of the campaign. Scott Brown played right into this and the author of this post knows that personally. Brown was set to lose moderates and progressive unenrolleds if he participated in having to defend his stances on LGBT issues. So Scott’s campaign did not take calls from LGBT media, refused to answer questionnaires from orgs such as the MGLPC etc. It was a very smart strategy on his part and one that I am sure Romney will now use in some of his potentially liberal battleground states. These charismatic Republicans don’t want to look bad when they have to defend wanting to hurt gay people.

    AND the Democrats played right into this. While GayInc. did nothing to force them to discuss our issues in Coakley’s campaign.

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