“I don’t come before you with a checklist of items promising that I will be an advocate for you on each and every one of them. My opponent has already started down that road, promising to support everyone’s pet project. That’s not the way I have ever operated,” Scott Brown, the 52-year old junior United States Senator from Massachusetts and former model wrote in New England’s Bay Windows.
Brown said this in an op-ed and suggests that Elizabeth Warren is merely promising to take up the causes of various groups. In this he demonstrates a real lack of understanding of progressives and progressive issues. I especially <sarcasm> love </sarcasm> this line:
promising to support everyone’s pet project.
He is speaking about an inclusive ENDA and repealing DOMA, and I’m not sure how to take the implication that these are “pet projects.” For me, these are about real equality: the ability to live without fear of losing one’s job simply for being LGBT and the ability to properly care for one’s family.
Brown was noticeable in the ending of DADT where he first voted against the repeal, and then changed his mind and voted for it.
Can LGBTQ Americans afford to have someone like this making critical decisions? In his own words:
I don’t come before you with a checklist of items promising that I will be an advocate for you on each and every one of them.
Translation: I might vote for your equality sometimes and I might not vote for your equality at other times. Is that good enough for you? Not good enough for me.