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Via Red Maryland on their page:

Interesting to see that that among its endorsements, Equality Maryland is supporting the team of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. Not interesting that Equality Maryland endorsed Brown/Ulman over the other candidates but that Equality Maryland is willing to look past Brown’s employment of Jim Messina.

The Quinton Report notes that Messina, a consultant to the Brown-Ulman ticket, notably used homophobia as a campaign tactic on at least one occasion. Liberal writer David Sirota of Salon calls one of Messina’s ads from a Montana Senate race “one of the most homophobic ads in American history.”


While I’m sure Equality Maryland has their own reasons for endorsing Brown, it is interesting to see that they are willing to give Brown a pass for employing a consultant with Messina’s history.

I have asked both the Brown/Ulman campaign and Equality Maryland to comment on Messina’s record and whether it had any impact on the endorsement process. I have not heard a response from either, but will post any comment in a future post.

I doubt Equality Maryland or the Brown/Ulman campaign will respond, although the Tories in the U.K. responded with some platitudes about Messina’s support for gay rights when they were attacked for hiring himas a consultant.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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